Getting ready for peak season
Rostock (Germany), October 2017 – One of the major container terminal in Chile
and Latin America opts for maritime Liebherr cargo handling solutions. TPS is
awaiting a new Liebherr mobile harbour crane LHM 800 and two new Liebherr shipto-
shore gantry cranes. When it comes to reliable and efficient port equipment –
Liebherr is the first choice.
Terminal Pacífico Sur Valparaiso, located on the south pacific coast of Chile, is a major
container terminal in Chile and Latin America, and is one of the most efficient terminals
in the region. TPS, part of Ultramar Group and Contug Terminals (MSC), operates in
an area of over 14 hectares composed of five berths, handling an average of one billion
TEUs. Nearly 90 percent of cargo coming through Valparaíso is processed through
TPS, which amounts to over 10.3 million tonnes per year. In the year 2016, 96 percent
of the cargo handled by the terminal was in containers and the remaining four percent
was general cargo.
The fruit harvest season is very concentrated in Chile, due to constand high
temperatures. A lot of different fruits have to be harvested, packed and shipped in a
short time period. This requires reliable port equipment to ensure fast export to North
America, Asia or Europe. In order to meet the needs of their customers also in the peak
season TPS decided to order a Liebherr mobile harbour crane type LHM 800.
The new machine has a maximum lifting capacity of 154 tonnes and an outreach of 64
metres. The additional tower extension of 9.6 metres ensures an operator eye level of
more than 40 metres. Those parametres ease the fast and safe handling of containers.
The LHM 800 is able to service vessels with up to 22 container rows across, depending on the terminal set up. The crane will be mainly used to handle container, espacially temperature controlled container.
The LHM 800 was shipped via RoRo vessel from the Dutch company Rolldock. The crane rolled fully assembled onto the vessel Rolldock Sky end of September. After a 13,000 kilometres long journey from Rostock / Germany to Valparaíso / Chile the machine can easily roll off the vessel. This mode of transportaion is very convenient for the customer as no additional cranes are needed to unload the new machine. Furthermore, the LHM 800 is ready for operation in a very short time period.
In 2015 Terminal Pacífico Sur Valparaiso already took delivery of three ship-to-shore container cranes (STS) from Irish based Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd. The cranes had an outreach of 62 metres and a safe working load of 65 tonnes under twin lift spreader. These cranes were the largest container cranes that Liebherr ever manufactured for the west coast of South America at that time.
The new LHM 800 further underlines the cenral role of the TPS in region. The decision for Liebherr port equipment also offers incrased operational efficiency for the TPS’ customers, especially when it comes to temperature sensitive cargo.