The 270-foot-tall Liebherr LHM 600 — the largest mobile harbor crane in the United States — will be operational in the second quarter of 2019. It joins two 270-foot-tall ship-to-shore cranes in service at the port since 2014.
“Port Canaveral has added a new dimension to our harbor and cargo management capability,” Port CEO John Murray said. “We’re excited to bring ashore this versatile, state-of-the-art crane to help the port better meet the needs of a growing Central Florida economy. This kind of equipment gives the port wide-ranging deployment options to service current and future cargo demands.”
Built by German-based Liebherr Group, the LHM 600 is a multi-wheeled, 1.19-million-pound crane designed to handle all types of cargo, from containers and bulk/breakbulk, to heavy lift projects including spacecraft components. With a maximum lifting capacity of 154 tons and a jib length of 190 feet, the crane has an 18-container reach for containers stacked nine high on deck. Its maximum lifting height is 148 feet. A 972-kilowatt diesel engine provides power to the crane, which has individually steerable rubber wheel sets that enable it to move in all directions.
The port’s year-over-year revenue increased 18 percent in fiscal year 2018 and hit an all-time high of $10.15 million. More than 6.4 million tons of cargo passed through the port’s 10 berths in 2018, a 6.9 percent increase over the previous year. Cargo tonnage is expected to climb another 2.7 percent this year.
To accommodate more cargo, the port recently modernized North Cargo Berths 1 and 2, adding new concrete decks, marine fenders, bollards and concrete curbs. In addition, the port is transforming North Cargo Berth 8 into a multipurpose cargo berth capable of handling heavy and oversized cargo. The $17.9 million project to construct a new bulkhead, extend the berth’s pier and pave upland is expected to be completed this summer.
The crane’s initial home will be at North Cargo Berth 5. Eventually, the crane also will be used at North Cargo Berths 6 and 8 where needed.