Thursday 20th Sep, 2018

New crane headed for Whyalla

Photo: Hema maps and Jim Wilson
Photo: Hema maps and Jim Wilson

QUBE Ports put in an order for a LHM 550 crane from Liebherr for its operations at Whyalla with miner SIMEC.


This is the ninth mobile harbour crane the ports and logistics company has ordered from the company in the past five years, with an LHM 420 on its way to Bell Bay, Tasmania.

The LHM 550 has a maximum lifting capacity of 144 tonnes and a maximum radius of 54 metres. The new crane for Whyalla is to come with a “SMAG four-rope grab” and a “SmartGrip” bulk handling option, which can optimise the filling rate of the grab in a self-learning manner.

Liebherr Australia general manager Gordon Clark said it would save a lot of hassle with grab changes, and would save money otherwise spent buying multiple grabs.

Qube director Todd Emmert said it was an exciting investment and a demonstration of Qube’s commitment to SIMEC and the port of Whyalla.

“This investment will assist SIMEC with its continued development of the Whyalla Port towards becoming a world-scale, multi-user facility,” he said.

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