July 10 - The Norwegian Port of Drammen has purchased a new Liebherr LHM 550 mobile harbour crane.

It is the strongest crane at the port, capable of handling a weight of up to 144 tonnes and allows the port to double its container handling capacity, said Liebherr.

The LHM 550 is also capable of efficient bulk, general cargo and heavy lift operations.

The crane is also equipped with Liebherr's Pactronic® hybrid drive system which the manufacturer claims allows for increased handling performance with reduced fuel consumption.

"We are experiencing a significant container traffic increase in Drammen. Due to the LHM 550 we have sufficient capacity to smoothly handle current container volumes. Moreover, we have capacity available for future growth," says Einar Olsen, port director.