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Karmsund signs contract with Liebherr for mobile harbour crane

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The Karmsund Port Authority in Norway has entered into a significant contract with the German crane manufacturer Liebherr.

The agreement involves the acquisition of a LHM 550 mobile harbour crane with delivery in April 2019 to Haugesund Cargo Terminals, Husøy. Karmsund Port Authority has an option of four more cranes up until 2023. The agreement has a total value of between NOK150 and 200 million if all options are declared. The first crane has a price of €3.6 million.

On delivery in April 2019, the mobile harbour crane will be one of the largest of its kind in the Nordic region, with a lifting capacity of 154 t. The harbour crane will be operated on electricity, which corresponds with Karmsund Port Authority’s vision that the port should, as far as possible, be operated under the principles “Lean – Clean – Green”. The crane will be able to operate the entire dock area at Husøy, and is equipped for handling containers, bulk cargo and project loads.

The investment comes as part of Karmsund Port Authority’s large-scale development of the port at Husøy, and facilitates increased productivity, better solutions for customers and new opportunities in terms of heavy lifting and project loads.

Liebherr Rostock is a leading international supplier with approximately 100 manufactured harbour cranes in Rostock per year.

The harbour crane will arrive by sea and will be completely mounted and ready for use at landing on Husøy. The crane is 65 m high when it is topped, and the weight is approximately 460 t. The crane boom reaches 54 m.

Port Director Tore Gautesen, said: “This is a great day for Karmsund Port, our customers, partners and the whole region. The crane will give the region completely new possibilities and will be a very important tool for creating increased activity. We are pleased with the agreement we have entered into with Liebherr, an agreement that guarantees us top notch cranes in terms of quality and technology.”

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