India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has officially inaugurated a newly developed multimodal port on the Ganga River.
Representing the first Indian inland waterway terminal in Varanasi, the facility is operating a pair of Liebherr mobile harbour cranes, delivered in four-rope configuration to facilitate bulk handling, as well as containers and general cargo.
Varanasi is located in northern India 780 km east of the Indian capital Delhi, predominantly on the left bank of the Ganga, India’s largest river.
The port is part of the World Bank-aided Jal Marg Vikas project of the Inland Waterways Authority of India. Three other terminals are under construction at Sahibganj, Haldia and Gazipur. The project will enable commercial navigation of vessels with capacity of 1,500-2,000 dwt on the Ganga.
Both of the LHM 180 cranes were initially sold to Afcons Infrastructure Limited. Afcons is part of the Shapoorji Pallonji Group, and is one of the top infrastructure development companies in India with its presence in various parts of the world.
Liebherr said that both of the MHCs are running with a 390 kW Liebherr diesel engine, and provide a maximum lifting capacity of 64t in four-rope configuration.
“Whether it is containers, bulk or general cargoes, with a maximum outreach of 35m, the LHM 180 is the right handling solution for feeder and Handysize ships sailing on the River Ganga,” stated Liebherr.
Sunil Kalra, head of Liebherr India’s Maritime division, said: “We feel honoured and proud to be part of this groundbreaking infrastructure project.
“Our cranes are extremely reliable and will clearly support the handling of goods in the port of Varanasi. We also hope that Liebherr cranes will be used for the efficient container handling of the other planned inland terminals in Sahibganj, Haldia and Gazipur.”