The port of Toledo in the USA has taken delivery of a Liebherr LHM 550 mobile harbour crane.


The LHM 550 is equipped with a 4.8 m tower extension and a 54 m boom. With a maximum lifting capacity of up to 144 tonnes, the new crane is able to use much larger grabs and thus handle more bulk material in a shorter time.

In addition, the significantly higher payload, compared with its two existing LHM 280 machines, opens up the possibility for the port to handle heavier project cargo.

“The investment in a third mobile harbour crane creates a more efficient cargo handling performance at the port of Toledo that results in shorter lay times for cargo vessels,” said Thomas Winston, president and ceo of Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority (TLCPA). “The new crane means further growth for us, not only in the bulk sector, but also in the project cargo business sector.

“In addition to increasing performance, the LHM 550 is an eco-efficient crane that has a Tier 4 final emissions standard and a highly efficient hydrostatic drive.”

The machine was transported in a disassembled state from Rostock, Germany, to Toledo onboard SAL Heavy Lift’s vessel Imke. At the port, the crane was then assembled, tested, and handed over by Liebherr service engineers.