Uruguayan company Corporación Navios replaced a Liebherr HS 871 HD long duty cycle crane with a permanently installed Liberherr FCC 300 harbour crane, the third of its kind at the terminal in Nueva Palmira, Uruguay.

The FCCs handle various grains such as soy, maize and wheat

The long duty cycle crane had over 100,000 operating hours.

The newly erected harbour crane will be used for dry bulk handling of barges in hoppers. There are now three harbour cranes on site, which is expected to increase the terminal’s handling rates. The Liebherr products are used to handle bulk cargo on the narrow pier.

“With the investment in another FCC 300, we are taking a decisive step towards higher turnover rates,” said Rosina Lurato, project and certification manager of Corporación Navios.

The new FCC 300 can handle up to 1,000 tonnes of soy per hour

“We handle around five million tonnes of dry cargo per year and need fast as well as reliable equipment. Based on our positive experience with the two permanently installed cargo cranes, it was quickly clear to us that another crane of the same type was the right choice.”

The FCCs handle various grains such as soy, maize and wheat, as well as minerals such as iron and manganese.

The new FCC 300 is mainly used for soy handling and can handle up to 1,000 tonnes of soy per hour. The soy from Paraguay, Bolivia and Brazil is loaded onto overseas ships at the terminal and transported to Europe, Africa and the Far East.

In addition to the space-saving design, the higher handling capacity was a deciding feature for choosing the third permanently installed harbour crane, the company said, as well as the interchangeability of the grabs.

With the two FCCs already in place, the crane operators now always work with the same type of equipment. This increases safety during operations and facilitates routine operation. Another advantage of the identical cranes is a more efficient maintenance and procurement of spare parts. All three units can be maintained in one service loop.

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