Qube is continuing to expand the fleet of Liebherr mobile harbour cranes across its facilities in 28 Australian ports.
Qube Ports will shortly take delivery of a new LHM 420 at Bell Bay in Tasmania, and has now ordered a new LHM 550 for its operations in Whyalla, South Australia, where it handles ore for SIMEC Mining, which will be the ninth MHC that Qube has ordered from Liebherr in the last five years.
“The new machine type LHM 550 has a maximum lifting capacity of up to144t, and a maximum radius of 54ms. Furthermore, the new crane comes with a SMAG four-rope grab and the SmartGrip bulk handling option, allowing materials with a variety of densities to be handled with the same grab,” stated Liebherr.
“The SmartGrip technology is capable of optimising the filling rate of the grab in a self-learning manner. In this way, SmartGrip learns after just five lifting cycles how to optimise capacity utilisation of the grab even for less experienced crane operators.
“It prevents overloads, increases the material handling rate and, at the same time, alleviates crane operator stress.”
“This saves Qube a lot of hassle with grab changes, but also saves them money otherwise spent buying multiple grabs,” commented Gordon Clark, general manager of Liebherr Australia.
“It’s another exiting investment and a demonstration of Qube’s commitment to SIMEC and the port of Whyalla.
“This investment will assist SIMEC with its continued development of the Whyalla Port towards becoming a world-scale, multi-user facility,” said Todd Emmert, director of Qube in Western Australia. “Liebherr has worked very hard to shorten our delivery to suit our client’s needs.”
Qube also has 100% ownership of AAT, and 50% ownership of NSS Townsville, between them accounting for four more Liebherr machines, noted Liebherr.