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Reaching for the skies: European cranes in ports of the Southern Cone

Liebherr looking to boost new harbour crane
Edition of October 30, 2017

Port cranes are to cargo handling like the soul is to the human body: essential. Until heavy duty drones don’t come into play, without cranes those giant boxes we call containers would lose all meaning of existance. Liebherr, German company with almost 70 years in the market dedicates itself to the development of cranes that ports don’t even know they need yet. “In general, Liebherr can offer any type of maritime crane for containers, bulk and heavy cargo,” says Klaus Noeckl, Divisional Manager Maritime Cranes in exclusive interview with MundoMaritimo during the TOC Americas conference held in Lima, Peru. 

Liebherr is a 100% familiy-owned company, but that doesn’t stop it from growing. Its world-wide presence and high-quality products are testimony to that. “Our products are manufactured in Europe –Germany, Austria, Ireland and England- under the highest international standards to ensure product quality,” Noeckl adds. 

2017 releases 

Being in TOC is always good for networking, as a platform to present ourselves before the Latam community. We are always present with our stand and a delegation from HQ. We’ve been at the TOC Americas exhibition for 15 years and two years before that we premiered our services in the region with the first mobile cranes in Puerto Lirquén in southern Chile. From that country we work for Peru and Ecuador, but we also have offices in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and the US (Miami),” said the executive. 

TOC Americas is the perfect opportunity for releasing new products and services. The LRS Liebherr Reachstacker 545, designed to satisfy clients’ needs, easy to maintain, with hydrostatic transmition and high visibility to increase operating safety was one of the novelties presented at the exhibition. 

Also during the exhibition Liebherr presented the world’s largest mobile harbour crane, the LHM 800, which was recently acquired by TPS in Valparaiso, Chile, and has a maximum capacity of work up to row 22. 

Regional presence 

However, despite all equipment being manufactured in Europe, Leibherr has an extensive network of warehouses throughout the region in order to provide spare parts as quickly as the client needs them, along with maintenance services. “Liebherr Chile has service stations in Antofagasta and Concepción and a main warehouse in Santiago,” says Noeckl. Our station in Antofagasta has a workshop where we can repair and maintain equipment parts, refurbishment, etc,” the executive highlighted. 

Liebherr cranes are German technology with a light design, which makes them high-quality reliable products. Clients and users do not need to travel all the way to Europe to learn how to use the equipment, as there are training centers en the United States and Brazil. 

At the end of this year, Axel Boenigk, will continue on as responsible for the maritime crane area for the west coast market of the Southern Cone.  

By MundoMaritimo

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