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Port of Emden invests in Liebherr mobile harbour cranes

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To further increase turnover capacity, Ems Ports Agency & Stevedoring (EPAS) GmbH & Co. KG in Emden, Germany has invested in mobile harbour crane technology from Liebherr. Early in 2018 EPAS received two new Liebherr machines, type LHM 420, from the Liebherr maritime headquarter in Rostock, Germany. Each crane has a maximum lifting capacity of 124 t at an outreach of up to 18 metres.

It is hoped the investment will significantly improve the logistic processes at the Nordkai terminal in Emden. The main driver in the decision process was the capability to do twin lift operation. The system allows the operation of two Liebherr cranes in tandem mode. A crane operator controls the movement of both machines, which are electronically synchronised.

In tandem lift operation EPAS can now lift up goods weighting up to 248 t. Greater productivity is also achieved through the ability to handle multiple ships simultaneously.

“The purchase of the two very powerful new Liebherr cranes is the prelude to a series of investments we are planning to provide our customers with the best possible service and competitive positioning in the future," said Heinrich Smidt, Managing Director of EPAS.

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