Liebherr delivers its very first HVO-powered crane to port of Södertälje

The port of Södertälje has acquired the first Liebherr mobile harbour crane running on fossil-free HVO100 diesel. The new LHM 420 mobile harbour crane was recently delivered to the port and will significantly improve handling capacity in the container and project cargo sector.

The new machine was delivered in March 2021 and is already in operation at the port. With its lifting capacity of up to 124 tonnes and its 360-degree mobility, the crane offers the port flexibility in handling a wide range of goods. In addition, the crane is fully loaded with various assistance systems that make container handling even more effective and safe. Liebherr assistance systems such as the Vertical Line Finder, the Teach-In system or the Advanced Container Control make the crane a partially automated and intelligent crane. Due to the proximity of the port to the city, the LHM noise insulation is also installed.

‘The timing for us to invest in a third mobile harbour crane is perfect. It means that we can offer our customers a more efficient handling and permits continuing growth within the container segment as well as project cargoes,’ says Robert Tingvall, CEO at port of Södertälje.

Close to emission-free

Besides all the useful and efficiency-enhancing features, the real special characteristic of the new machine for Sweden is its type of fuel. The machine is the first Liebherr mobile harbour crane to run on HVO diesel, which is almost emission-free. HVO Renewable Diesel is a premium fossil-free diesel product made of 100 per cent renewable raw materials, which does not release any new carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. It is produced by hydro-treatment of vegetable oils and/or organic fats. The result is a premium quality fuel with a chemical structure almost identical to regular diesel and can therefore fully replace fossil diesel.

The port of Södertälje was the first port in Sweden to convert to fossil-free fuels. Since 2016, the port uses the environmentally beneficial fuel HVO100 to run its vehicles, machinery, and cranes. However, the port will only use the diesel engine to move the crane at the terminal. Once the crane is at the desired location, the electric motor will be used for cargo handling. The port’s electricity also comes from renewable sources, such as wind and solar power.

‘Up to thirty per cent of the electricity we consume comes from our own photovoltaic system, which is on the roof of one of our warehouses. The rest is green electricity from sun, wind, and water,’ says Tingvall.

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Author: Mariska Buitendijk