The US West Coast’s first and second 130-ton (118-tonne) lift capacity Kalmar Super Gloria reachstackers joined the port of Longview’s fleet this summer, expanding its reach in the breakbulk industry.
Previously relying on its two Liebherr mobile harbour cranes for both dockside and laydown yard operations, Longview’s new reachstackers will free up the cranes by taking over in the laydown yard – now allowing heavy lift operations to work both ondock and in the yard simultaneously. The stacker’s smaller footprint also frees up laydown space, and their manoeuvrability and increased visibility has improved truck loading for both the equipment operators and truck drivers, said the port.
“Cargo is moving more efficiently than ever,” said business development manager Laurie Nelson-Cooley. “ILWU Local 21 has an exceptional team of lift operators that have made this transition seamless for both the port and its customers.”
To date, there are only six other Super Glorias in the USA. The new machines cost a combined USD2.5 million and were ordered in November 2021.