Thunder Bay Port Authority's Mobile Harbour Crane
Project cargo handling in the Port of Thunder Bay got a big boost in 2012. Thunder Bay Port Authority’s new Liebherr LHM 320 mobile harbour crane arrived at the port’s general cargo facility, Keefer Terminal, in July. The crane has a 104-tonne lifting capacity at an 18.5 metre reach. It is capable of lifting project cargo, break bulk such as steel and forest products, containers and bulk cargo. The addition of the crane means project cargo shipments can be delivered to the terminal on gearless vessels. The crane has an impressive capacity for clamming bulk cargo out of a ship – up to 1,100 tonnes per hour.
The crane is an important infrastructure investment in the port’s inbound project cargo business. The Port of Thunder Bay – “Canada’s Gateway to the West” – is an important link in the supply chain for dimensional cargoes destined for wind farms, mine sites, and the oilsands in western Canada. The port has opportunities for back-haul grain, coal and potash for foreign ships delivering project cargo.
The crane’s inauguration took place in August 2012, when it lifted a shipment of wind turbine towers manufactured in Spain and destined for the western United States.
To learn more about the Project Cargo Gateway, click here.