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Sunderland welcomes Liebherr crane

The Port of Sunderland has taken delivery of a new crane with the aim of boosting the cargo handling capabilities at the council owned port. The new Liebherr LHM420 arrived fully assembled onboard MV MERI which had loaded the crane at the Liebherr facility in Rostock.

The LHM420 is capable of lifting 120 tonnes and can be used in tandem with the Port’s current heavy lift crane, another LHM420, to lift up to 240 tonnes. Both cranes are mobile and can operate at any of the berths on the river or within the dock estate, according to the port.

The crane was put to work after a short commissioning discharging steel products at the Port’s deep water river berth over the Christmas period.

Port director, Matthew Hunt, commented: “Four years ago, we invested in Liebherr LHM 420, and we have never looked back. The port’s ability to support significant lifting projects has meant we have attracted business from all over the world as well as supporting our current customer base in providing speedier turnaround of vessels in the Port.

“By investing in our second heavy lift crane, we can deliver large, more complex projects much more efficiently, and we can send a very clear message to the market – that we should be the first port of call for projects that require the very best facilities.”

With the added capacity, the port is looking to expand into new markets. This includes the offshore energy industry. Mr Hunt continued: “The port’s excellent geographical position means that we are uniquely placed to support markets including the resurgent offshore renewables market in the North East, so adding to our capabilities with this crane will only serve to ensure Port of Sunderland is front of mind as a facility to assist these kinds of projects.  It sets us on a really strong footing for 2019.”

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