Eco-friendly material handling

The Liebherr LH 120 M in operation at Ridham Sea Terminal The Liebherr LH 120 M in operation at Ridham Sea Terminal

The UK’s first Liebherr LH 120 M mobile material handler has been put into operation at Ridham Sea Terminal in Kent.

This new machine has been specified with a highly mobile wheeled undercarriage and hydraulic cab elevation system. It also features Liebherr’s fuel consumption reducing ECOmode.

Ridham Sea Terminals Ltd purchased the UK’s first Liebherr LH 120 M after increased demand led the management team to look at alternatives to its ageing fleet.

John Gevaux-Ross, general manager, said: “One of our Stothert and Pitt cranes became uneconomical to repair meaning we were a crane down. To ensure we kept up with our commitments, we hired in Liebherr machinery from port handling specialists JST. It was then we realised that a new Liebherr material handler was the way forward for our operation.”

A key requirement for the new machine was the capability to travel the length of the almost 0.25 mile quayside with ease so the LH 120 M was ordered with a highly mobile wheeled undercarriage.

Ridham Sea Terminals Ltd also opted for the hydraulic cab elevation system, which allows the cab to be lowered to the ground and gives the operator unparalleled views across a vessel’s hold from a maximum height of 8.1m.

From this spacious and quiet cab, the LH 120 M can change from a 6m3 clamshell grab to a suspended load hook in under a minute thanks to its quick-coupling device. A 15m angled boom and 13.5m industrial dipper stick give a maximum working radius of 26m at ground level and the potential lifting capacity is almost 7 tonnes.

543 HP is provided by the material handler’s 16 litre V8 engine, which meets Tier 3 emissions requirements and has four operating modes - Sensitive, Eco, Power and Power Plus.

This particular machine has been operated in ECOmode from day one with the operator reporting fantastic fuel returns and excellent handling performance.

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