New crane purchased

LIFTING: Qube Ports is already operating an LHM 550 in Darwin and is now awaiting a second one for Whyalla.

LIFTING: Qube Ports is already operating an LHM 550 in Darwin and is now awaiting a second one for Whyalla.

Another step towards turning the Whyalla Port into a world-scale, multi-user facility has been taken with the purchase of a LHM 550 crane by Qube – the nominated stevedore by SIMEC Mining.

This will be the ninth mobile harbour crane Qube have ordered from Liebherr in the last five years, with an LHM 420 also currently on its way to Bell Bay in Tasmania.

The new machine type LHM 550 has a maximum lifting capacity of up to 144 tonnes and a maximum radius of 54 metres

“This saves Qube a lot of hassle with grab changes, but also saves them money otherwise spent buying multiple grabs,”  Liebherr Australia General Manager Gordon Clark said.

“It’s another exiting 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” Qube Director Todd Emmert said.

“Liebherr has worked very hard to shorten our delivery to suit our client’s needs.”

Qube also have 100% ownership of AAT and 50% ownership of NSS Townsville, between them accounting for four more Liebherr machines.