Two new Liebherr container cranes, the largest of their kind, have been delivered this week to Salerno Container Terminal. The new mobile harbour cranes were transported by the "heavy-lift" vessel Anne Sofie, fully assembled and ready to go into operation immediately
Record size and performance: total height of the tower m. 57.5; boom length m 65, height of the operating cab m. 41, operational capacity on ships of 22 containers across (capacity 13/15,000 teus-containers).
The cranes are equipped with an innovative Liebherr patent - the Pactronic system - which is accumulating the energy developed during the descent of the load, to release it during the lifting phase, with a 30% increase in performances.
These two new cranes - like the new Liebherr crane in operation since few months already - have twin-lift spreaders that allow the handling of 2 x 20’ containers, 32.5 each tons each. In total three new Liebherr mobile container cranes are now in operation at SCT, in addition to existing three Gottwald container cranes.
Four new Liebherr Reach Stackers were also delivered, for the container handling activities in the yard. These were in addition to the four new Reach Stackers already delivered just few months ago. In mid-January, six terminal tractors by Kalmar and twelve terminal trailers by Houcon will arrive.
The current investment in terminal container handling equipment, for a total amount of 20 million Euros, is the largest ever made in one shot by SCT and the largest today in progress within the Central Tyrrhenian Sea Port Authority (covering Naples, Castellammare and Salerno ports). The investment is closely linked to the planned start in 2019 of the main upgrading works of the Port of Salerno: dredging and enlargement of the port entrance.
Salerno Container Terminal is considerably strengthening its operational performances and capacity, with a proactive and positive response to the challenges expressed by the Shipping Lines, engaged in the global competition of international and intercontinental maritime business.