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Port of Longview Purchases Liebherr Crane

Liebherr LHM500, mobile harbor crane.

Liebherr LHM500, mobile harbor crane.

The Port of Longview in Washington installed its second mobile harbor crane, a 2010 Liebherr LHM500. It will be used for break bulk cargos and project cargos, such as heavy-lift engines and transformers.

The new crane complements the Port’s first mobile crane, a Leibherr LHM500S purchased in 2008. With two cranes, the Port said it has increased flexibility in cargo handling, including tandem lifts and heavy-lift cargos of up to 140 metric tons. The new crane arrived at the Port on January 4, 2014, on the EIT Paloma from Belgium. Workers spent three weeks assembling the 481-ton crane, which required one week of operator training.

“By purchasing this crane, we put the port in a competitive stance to handle additional heavylift cargo projects,” Laurie Nelson-Cooley, the Port of Longview’s manager of business development, said. “It gives us the edge we need to put us in a position to bid for projects that require tandem lifts.”

The Port of Longview Board of Commissioners approved the $4.8 million purchase in spring 2013.

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