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Liebherr’s flexible barge solution at New York Harbour

Liebherr’s flexible barge solution at New York Harbour

The Liebherr mobile harbour crane type LHM 600 on barge allows maximum flexibility for Sims Metal Management by moving the crane by sea to various terminals.


Since November 2019 a new Liebherr LHM 600 Mobile Harbor Crane has been operating at the Port of New York and New Jersey. One of the world's leading metal recyclers, Sims Metal Management positions their LHM 600 on a floating barge. This smart approach provides diverse advantages for the client. Second, the barge approach provides immense locational versatility. The company operates two distinct New York Harbor terminals.

Without having to move the barge, the Liebherr mobile harbor crane can move along the barge to reach further hatches. By contrast, barge operation means that no adjustments are necessary to the port infrastructure. The space acquired at the edge of the quay could also be used as storage and working space.

Sims Metal Management's Liebherr LHM 600 mobile harbor crane is equipped with a 750 kW Liebherr diesel engine. The crane has a combined lifting capacity of up to 144 tonnes. Up to 75 tons are available in 4-way grab action - making Sims' LHM 600 the most strong Mobile Harbor Crane on a barge in the US.

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.

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