Oman's Port of Duqm automates lifting with new Liebherr cranes



Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd. has secured the contract to supply four ship to shore (STS) and twelve rubber tyre gantry (RTS) cranes to the Port of Duqm in Oman. 

Supplied without a cabin, the cranes will be operated utilising a combination of remote control and automation. Automation will take care of the majority of the cycle with operator intervention only required when operating below a predefined safe height.  

The Port of Duqm development is a greenfield project and is part of the SEZAD project (Special Economic Zone of Authority at Duqm). The facility is centrally located overlooking the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean beyond.  

The new port has been designed to be a multipurpose commercial gateway and is destined to become one of the largest ports in the region. It is being developed into an integrated, multimodal logistics hub and is connected via road, rail and air. The deep water port and new cranes will allow the port to handle the world’s largest container vessels as it expands its existing cargo and bulk services with container handling.  

The new ship to shore container cranes will be capable of handling the world’s largest container vessels and feature an outreach of 71m, a back reach of 18m and a lift height over rail of 50m. The cranes have a safe working load of 65 tonnes under twinlift spreader whilst the diesel powered RTGs can stack eight containers and a truck lane wide and one over 6 containers high.  

Each ship to shore crane will be connected to its own dedicated remote operator stations (ROS). The centrally located remote operation facility will also host the ROS for control of the automated rubber tyre gantry cranes. The cabinless RTGs feature automation over the stack with remote control only required for container pick or place from the truck trailers, or for exception handling. Four ROS operators will operate the twelve RTGs.  

Gerry Bunyan, managing director of sales for Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd said: “Liebherr have for many years supplied STS and RTG cranes throughout the Middle East, but these will be the first Liebherr container cranes in Oman. These are also our first cabinless and automated cranes in the region and we look forward to seeing the cranes being deployed, and playing the lead role in expanding the services offered by the Port.” 

He continued: “The new Liebherr cranes have been designed with the future in mind. Their size and the extensive automation features will ensure that the Port of Duqm will be able to efficiently, safely and predictably handle the world’s largest container vessels for many years to come.”