North Carolina Ports has opted for a new Liebherr portals lewing crane type LPS 420. The multi-purpose machine is equipped with a special designed curve traveling gear that allows the crane to travel a 90° curve with an inner radius of 90 m. The fully assembled crane was handed over in Autumn 2019.
In Autumn 2019, Liebherr Maritime Cranes handed over the first rail mounted gantry harbour crane to the United States of America. The customer North Carolina Ports (NCP) opted for a Liebherr LPS 420 with a special designed curve running gear for its terminal at the Port of Morehead City.
The special design of NCP's terminal required the crane to be ready for operation at all quay edges of the rectangular terminal. To ensure this, the rail-mounted gantry crane was equipped with a special curve running gear. This allows the crane to travel through a 90° bend with an inner curve radius of 90 m.
The Port of Morehead City is a breakbulk and bulk facility, is one of the deepest on the United States East Coast, and it is just 4 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. Therefore, the new LPS 420 is equipped as a multi-purpose crane and will be used by North Carolina Ports mainly for handling grain and fertilizer.
It is also used for various project cargoes, including First Liebherr portal slewing crane in the US 2/3 parts of wind turbines, trains and rails. The crane was shipped fully assembled. Which means, no time-consuming assembly was required on site and the crane was ready for operation shortly after unloading.
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