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Liebherr wins contract to supply automated cranes to Port of Duqm in Oman

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Liebherr announces that they have secured a contract to supply STS and RGT’s to the Port of Duqm to be delivered to Oman in late 2022.

The Port of Duqm development is a greenfield project and is a part of the ambitious SEZAD project (Special Economic Zone of Authority of Duqm). The facility is centrally locked overlooking the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean beyond. The new port has been designed to be a world class, multipurpose commercial gateway and is destined to become one of the largest ports in the region.

It is being developed into an integrated, multimodal logistics hub and is well connected via road, rail and air. The deep water port and new cranes will allow the port to handle the worlds largest container vessels as it expands.

The new ship to shore container cranes will be capable of handling the world’s largest container vessels and feature an outreach of 71m, a back reach of 18m and a lift height over rail of 50m. The cranes have a safe working load of 65 tonnes under twin-lift spreader.

Supplied without cabins the cranes will be operated utilising a combination of remote control and automation. Operator intervention will only be required when operating below a predefined safe height. Each Liebherr STS will be connected to its own dedicated ROS, the centrally located remote operation facility will host the ROS to control the automated RTGs.

The diesel powered RGTs can stack eight containers, a truck lane wide and six containers wide. Data communications in the container yard will be handled by a mesh network, this decentralised system sees multiple access points throughout the yard, providing a high speed and stable connection required for remote control.

Gerry Bunyan, Managing Director, sales for Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd said: Liebherr are very happy to have been awarded this project in Oman. Liebherr have for many years supplied STS and RTG cranes throughout the Middle East, but these will be the first Liebherr cranes in Oman.

“These will also be our first cabin-less and automated cranes in the region and we look forward to seeing the cranes being deployed, and playing the lead role in the expansion of services offered at the port”.