April 27 - Kuebler Spedition has taken delivery of a giant mobile crane, weighing 450 tonnes, at its heavy cargo centre in Mannheim, Germany.

Heinz Roessler, managing director and owner of Kuebler Spedition, explained that "this type of crane can not be transported long distance by road."

Therefore, the crane was shipped in pieces, each weighing up to 200 tonnes, by river to the Rheinauhafen in Mannheim before being transported to Kuebler's heavy cargo centre by road. This required the local police to block all traffic, said the company. 

The new crane, which has a lifting capacity of 100 tonnes, was purchased by Kuebler in order to widen its service within the heavy and project cargo market. Together with a 42-tonne capacity reach stacker, it will conduct lifting services in the Mannheim Rheinauhafen. 

The 70 m high new crane is expected to begin operations at the end of April. 

Kuebler Spedition is a member of the Cargo Equipment Experts (CEE) network in Germany.