New Liebherr LHM 550 for the Port of Dover – Heavy Lift News
21 Jun 2024

New Liebherr LHM 550 for the Port of Dover

The Port of Dover’s acquisition of a new LHM 550 from Liebherr Great Britain signifies a strategic enhancement in its cargo handling capabilities. The crane’s advanced features – such as the hydrostatic drive for extremely precise control, a minimum number of components, and reduced fuel consumption – ensure efficient operations, crucial for the busy Port’s diverse cargo range.

The LHM 550’s integration into the Port’s cargo handling equipment heralds a new era of productivity, with the capacity of up to 32 cycles per hour in container operation, the crane is an invaluable new asset for the Port, which handles a significant volume of the UK’s maritime trade. The Port’s specialised facilities, including multi-temperature-controlled warehousing and a secured terminal, are complemented by the crane’s robust performance, ensuring seamless cargo transitions and maintaining Dover’s reputation as a reliable trade gateway. The new LHM 550 joins the already established LHM 550 and LHM 280, of the previous generation.

As the global maritime cargo logistics industry shifts towards digitalization, decarbonization, and automation, the Port of Dover has invested in the LHM 550 which embodies these advancements in its technology.



The LHM 550 mobile harbour crane, with its 54m outreach and 104t configured lifting capacity, is engineered for high-volume cargo throughput, serving the New-Panamax class and Capesize bulk carriers. The more advanced software architecture, upgraded cabin, and all-rounder performance, eill enable the new LHM 550 to support increasing cargo handling demands that will serve the Port long into the future. As the backbone of the LHM 550’s operations, Liebherr’s service network and customer support will help ensure the crane’s high-volume cargo throughput is maintained with precision and efficiency.

The new LHM 550, just like the two other Liebherr cranes, runs on Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), an alternative fuel made from 100% renewable raw materials. This aligns with the Port’s drive towards achieving its decarbonization targets and promoting sustainability in its operations. The cranes are also capable of working in wind speeds of up to a force 9 severe gale, or 75-88 km/h, allowing vessels to be unloaded in nearly all-weather conditions throughout the year.

Emma Whelan, Business Development Manager at the Port of Dover said: “The Cargo team would like to extend thanks to Liebherr for their professionalism and contribution to the extensive programme of investment that the terminal is undergoing to further enhance its deep-sea capabilities and support our robust eco-lens objectives.”



Rob Alexander, Sales Manager for maritime cranes at Liebherr Great Britain, commented: “We would like to thank the Port of Dover for their continued trust and partnership with Liebherr. The purchase of its third LHM crane is a testament to our shared commitment to excellence and innovation in port operations. We look forward to further supporting the Port in enhancing its capabilities and achieving new milestones.”

The Port of Dover is a pivotal port in UK-EU trade. It handles 33% of the UK’s trade with the EU, reinforcing its status as a logistics hub handling a range of container, general cargo, and breakbulk refrigerated cargo vessels.



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