Port Canaveral has agreed to purchase another mobile harbour crane from the Liebherr Group to
serve the Port’s growing cargo operations. The LHM 600 will be based on the updated generation
of Liebherr mobile harbour cranes. Digital enhancements, a modernised cabin, and improved
lifting height are among the crane’s benefits welcomed by Port Canaveral.
- The new LHM 600 is part of Liebherr’s latest mobile harbour crane generation, and is expected
to arrive at Port Canaveral in December 2023
- Canaveral Port Authority officials visited Liebherr Rostock in September 2022 for a signing
- Port Canaveral entered their first LHM 600 into service in February 2019
Rostock (Germany), November 15, 2022 – The second LHM 600 purchased by Port Canaveral is built
for the future. It boasts a contemporary exterior design and is more digitally advanced and efficient.
Assistance and partial automation systems are made possible by a sophisticated crane control system,
evolved sensor integration, and digital information transfer. It will be Port Canaveral’s second mobile
harbour crane to be deployed. In early 2019, the Port put into service its first Liebherr mobile harbour
crane of type LHM 600.
The forthcoming crane will have a lift capability up to 154 tons and a jib length of 61 meters. Its 20-
container reach will accommodate containers stacked nine high on deck – an upgraded handling
capability from the first crane.
Pioneering crane will support growing cargo business, offer more features
Port Canaveral is already familiar with Liebherr mobile harbour cranes. The LHM 600 that started its
work in early 2019 has been instrumental in heavy-lifting operations for the Port. In Fiscal Year 2020, the
current LHM 600 already lifted a record number of boosters for space projects. With the upcoming
LHM 600, the outreach ability has been upgraded from 58 to 61 meters.
“We’re pleased to add this major acquisition to our port to better meet the demands of an expanding
portfolio of diverse cargo,” notes Port CEO Captain John Murray. “We’re projecting the pace of growth in
cargo handling to be very significant over the coming year. This crane will provide greater lift capability
that will also meet the needs of the developing commercial space enterprise in our region.”
Modern cabin and other amenities distinguish the next LHM 600
Driver comfort and safety were carefully considered in the crane update, with the redesign of the LHM
operator’s cab offering many practical advantages. An innovative coupling of joystick and armrest helps
ensure that the control of the crane becomes more precise and safer, while at the same time increasing
operator comfort. A variety of project cargo, whether for space projects or other clients of the port, can
thus be handled more effectively. To also enable a more simplified operation of the crane, a newly
integrated touch panel interface allows for all crane functions to be selected clearly and intuitively.
Relevant to Florida’s often hot and humid climate, a revised air-conditioning concept increases the well-being of the operator, whether for cooling or heating. It also ensures that fogged windows are quickly
dehumidified, thus providing a clear view and more safety.
With these and other improvements, the upcoming LHM 600 will be the optimal mobile harbour crane
with which Port Canaveral can handle a variety of logistical projects in the future.