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Liebherr receives new orders in Latin America

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To date, Liebherr has delivered 15 LHMs to Latin America, after supplying 16 to the region in 2011. The company has noted a trend in the region to opt for larger mobile harbour cranes, such as its LHM 550 and LHM 600 models. A country-by-country round-up of the company’s recent contract news in Latin America is provided below.


According to Liebherr, ports on the west coast of Mexico have experienced growth due to an increase in Asian exports. In response to this, Terminales Portuarias del Pacífico S.A.P.I. de C.V. opened a new terminal this spring, which specialises in bulk material handling. An LHM 550 with a four-rope configuration has been delivered to this new terminal. The mobile harbour crane can lift up to 75 t in grab operation, and includes a 38 m3 clamshell grab for handling bulk materials such as coal. The Cycoptrynic® crane control system is in use at the port, which enhances speed and performance by automatically initiating dynamic counterbalancing movements and equalising transverse and longitudinal sway of the load.

In October, an LHM 550 with a 54 m outreach started operations for Operadora de la Cuenza del Pacifico, S.A. de C.V. The crane is located in the country’s busiest port in Manzanillo.


Liebherr provided Triunfo Operador Portuária Ltda with an LHM 550 and an LHM 600 for bulk material handling. The LHM 600 has a four-rope configuration to provide additional strength.


Caribe Gru S.A. received the LHM 420 in June 2012 in order to meet the need for additional capacity. The company had originally ordered two LHM 320s in 1999 when it started operations at the port of Santo Tomás de Castilla, purchasing additional mobile harbour cranes in 2006 and 2010 as business activities increased. Modifications, such as additional axles and special supporting pad arrangements, were carried out to optimise use according to the specifications of the port.


Two 124 t LHM 420s have been ordered by Sociedad Portuaria de Barranquilla S.A. These include the LiDAT® data transmission and crane analysing system.


Two LHM 550s were delivered to Terminales Portuaria Euroandinos in Paita and two to APM Terminals Callao S.A. The cranes will handle containers as well as bulk materials.

Southern Cone

  • Chile’s San Vicente Terminal Internacional received two LHM 600 cranes.
  • Liebherr delivered an LHM 550 to Terminal Zarate S.A. in Argentina, whilst APM Terminals ordered an LHM 600, the fifth Liebherr crane to be added to its fleet.
  • Montevideo-based Montecon S.A., Uruguay, purchased its fifth mobile harbour crane, an LHM 600

Adapted from press release by Louise Fordham.

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