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.