New crane at DP World terminal starts its work

DP World Melbourne’s new Post-Panamax ship-to-shore (STS) container crane commences operations after Australia's largest onsite assembly

New crane at DP World terminal starts its work
New crane at DP World terminal starts its work

September 9, 2013

DP World Melbourne’s new Post-Panamax
ship-to-shore (STS) container crane commences operations following Australia’s largest on-site container crane assembly.

According to the Dubai-based company, DP World Melbourne
is the first local stevedore to assemble a Ship to Shore crane from scratch.

The company says the crane is already providing a boost to productivity while also handling the increasingly larger ships visiting West Swanson Terminal.

"This could signal a move on how future cranes are deployed to Australia," says DP World Australia Managing Director Ganesh Raj.

"The addition of a new Liebherr STS Crane to the existing crane fleet will help DP World improve productivity at West Swanson Terminal as well as facilitating container growth at Australia’s largest container port," Raj says.

Capable of lifting two 20 foot containers simultaneously, the crane has a waterside outreach of 50 metres, a rail gauge of 25.3 metres and a landside backreach of 20 metres.

The Safe Working Load (SWL) of the crane is 65 tonnes under twin lift spreader with a lift height of 38 metres under spreader.

"DP World worked closely with a special project team from Liebherr and its local contractors to assemble the crane safely and securely on site at West Swanson Terminal," Raj says.

"This crane...marks the beginning of a new and innovative era of crane deployment to our region."

DP World Melbourne General Manager Andrew Jena adds the new STS Crane is the latest in a series of investments in terminal infrastructure and the latest technology by DP World Melbourne.

"Over the last two years, DP World Melbourne has introduced 22 new diesel electric straddle carriers to its straddle fleet while adding 12 hectares of terminal handling capacity via the development of the adjacent West Swanson Intermodal Terminal site.

"With the growth in container volumes, these major investments by DP World Australia have been essential to meet the growing needs of our customers in Melbourne."

Weighing 945 tonnes the crane arrived at the terminal in many parts on board the special cargo vessel ‘Thorco Celebration’ in May following a seven- week journey from Leibherr’s Crane manufacturing facility in Ireland.

The crane’s main beam measures 61.7 metres in length and main boom measuring 55 metres in length.

Its girder, legs, sill beams, machinery house, specially designed cabin and several containers of mechanical equipment were all unloaded off the vessel and ready for assembly.

The project team painstakingly pieced together the various components of the crane over a period of two months, with Melbourne’s recent weather also providing a challenge.

Fully assembled, the crane measures over 100 metres high (with boom up) and was moved, via a mega-lift into final position in late August.

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