The Port of Longview recently welcomed its second mobile harbor crane, increasing its ability to handle heavy and oversized cargos and meet a wider range of customer needs.
The crane, a 2010 Liebherr LHM500, will be used for break bulk cargos and project cargos such as heavy-lift engines and transformers. It complements the Port’s first mobile crane, a Leibherr LHM500S purchased in 2008. With two cranes, the Port has increased flexibility in cargo handling, including tandem lifts and heavy-lift cargos of up to 140 metric tons. Equipped with a bulk cargo bucket and a container-handling attachment, the crane also has the ability to handle bulk cargos.
“By purchasing this crane, we put the Port in a competitive stance to handle additional heavy-lift cargo projects,” said Laurie Nelson-Cooley, the Port of Longview’s manager of business development. “It gives us the edge we need to put us in a position to bid for projects that require tandem lifts.”
The new crane arrived at the Port on Jan. 4, 2014, on the EIT Paloma from Belgium. Workers spent three weeks assembling the 481-ton crane, which required one week of operator training.
“The crane is fully commissioned, certified and ready to go,” Port of Longview Chief Executive Officer Geir-Eilif Kalhagen said.
The Port of Longview Board of Commissioners approved the $4.8 million purchase in spring 2013.
Press Release, May 2, 2014