Port of Toledo adds third mobile harbour crane



The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority in the US has recently taken delivery of a new mobile harbour crane, a Liebherr LHM 550, which it hopes will attract heavier cargo.

Since 2010, the port has operated two LHM 280s, primarily used for bulk handling. The new machine offers Toledo bigger grabs, as well as the chance to bid for heavier project cargo.

The LHM 550 is equipped with a 4.80 meters tower extension and a 54 meters boom for best reach. It has a maximum lifting capacity of up to 144 tonnes.

“The investment in a third mobile harbour crane creates a more efficient cargo handling performance at the Port of Toledo that results in shorter lay times for cargo vessels,” said Thomas Winston, president and CEO of Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. 

“The new crane means further growth for us, not only in the bulk sector, but also in the project cargo business sector. In addition to increasing performance, the LHM 550 is an eco-efficient crane that has a Tier 4 final emissions standard and a highly efficient hydrostatic drive.”

The new machine was transported in a disassembled state from Rostock, Germany to the US. The heavy-lift carrier "Imke" of the SAL shipping line transported the crane over 4,000 nautical miles to Toledo, Ohio.