Antwerp Terminal orders two Liebherr ship to shore container cranes
A member of the SEA-invest Group, Antwerp Container Terminal (ACOT), has placed an order for two Liebherr vessels to shore container cranes. The cranes are identical to the STS that was shipped in 2020.
SEA-invest, one of the world's largest terminal operators, has developed a worldwide reputation in the fields of stevedoring, warehousing and other port-related operations in no less than 25 ports spread across two continents. In Antwerp, before expanding into fruit handling and tank storage, SEA-invest initially had a focus on bulk operations.
In 2016, the purchase of a container terminal from Independent Marine Terminal laid the foundations for what was to become the Antwerp Container Terminal. ACOT has continued to expand since its inauguration, and the new Liebherr machines will supplement the older STS cranes that came with the terminal's initial purchase in 2016.
The Liebherr STS cranes have a diameter of 60 m, a radius of 30 m, a rear radius of 25 m, a rail height of 46 m and a secure working load of 65 tons under a twin lift spreader.
A unique feature of the cranes is that they have offset primary rocking beams to allow future operations to be versatile and can work on 30.48 m and 30 m quays.
“As SEA-invest grows and develops in container handling, Liebherr is pleased to be able to continue the journey with them. SEA-invest has counted on Liebherr for their stevedoring operations and are accustomed to the quality, reliability and productivity that Liebherr cranes can bring. We are look forward to seeing the three Liebherr STS at the centre of ACOT’s operations for many years to come," said David Griffin, Liebherr Container Cranes Managing Director-Sales.
The Port of Antwerp continues to grow its container throughput year on year, with 2020 showing a growth of 1.3 % driven by a very strong second half despite the pandemic. The two new Liebherr STS will enhance ACOT and drive increased throughput through its terminal.
Maritime Business World