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Liebherr barge solution at the Harbour of New York

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At the New York Harbour, NY, Sims Metal Management uses a Liebherr mobile harbour crane type LHM 600 to load scrap and unload salt. The crane is placed on a floating barge and can be moved to another terminal of the port if required. With a maximum lifting capacity of 75 t in 4-rope grab operation, the crane is the strongest floating mobile harbour crane on a barge in the US in 4-rope grab capacity.

A new Liebherr LHM 600 Mobile Harbour Crane has been in operation in the Port of New York and New Jersey since November 2019. Sims Metal Management, one of the world's leading metal recyclers, places its LHM 600 on a floating barge. The barge solution offers flexibility in terms of location. The company operates two different terminals in the New York Harbour as well as a terminal in the Port of Newark Sims Metal Management also operates the terminal of Claremont in Jersey City, New Jersey, which is about 10 km linear distance. Depending on requirements, the floating mobile harbour crane can be towed by sea to the appropriate terminal and is thus ready for operation in the shortest possible time.

The mobile harbour crane can move along the barge to reach further hatches without having to move the barge. The operation from the barge means that no adjustments to the port infrastructure are necessary. The space gained at the quay edge can also be used as storage and operational space.

The Liebherr Pactronic hybrid system is installed as an additional power booster in the new machine from Sims Meteal Management. Its main feature is an additional energy storage device – the accumulator. The accumulator is charged when the load is lowered and by surplus power from the conventional drive unit. The Liebherr Pactronic system is an impressive power amplifier. Both lifting and lowering speeds are significantly increased despite the fact that the primary power output remains the same.

Sims Metal Management also benefits from the Liebherr analysis software LiDAT smartApp. The smartApp is an IT-solution for the analysis and optimisation of cargo handling processes. With LiDAT smartApp it is possible to analyse crane data and initiate process improvements.

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