Hybrid crane helps Hueneme eco ambition

Liebherr hybrid mobile harbour crane The base of the Liebherr hybrid mobile harbour crane weighs 150t. Image Port of Hueneme

Stevedoring company Ports America has received a Liebherr hybrid mobile harbour crane from the Port of Bremerhaven, Germany for use at the Port of Hueneme.

The new addition represents a US$7m investment and will increase capacity for unloading cargo with zero emissions.

“The addition of the Liebherr hybrid crane is the next step in building upon our track record as the Greenest U.S. Port, and a signal to the community that we follow through on our promises to grow in sustainable ways,” said Oxnard Harbor District President Jess Herrera.

This new addition will join the port’s other two mobile harbour cranes, and will be assembled and operational by August.

As a hybrid, the crane has the capacity to run on diesel or electricity. It will plug into the port’s electrical infrastructure currently being implemented as part of the port’s US$3m ZANZEFF (Zero And Near Zero-Emission Freight Facilities) grant.

The crane is integral in supporting the port’s vision for the world’s first zero-emission ship to store avocado. The crane has the capability to move anywhere on port, however its primary home will be on the South Terminal, handling containerized cargo in support of the port’s banana and fresh produce operations.

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