Konecranes electrifies lift for DP World Liège

LIEGE, Belgium: August 20, 2019. In a bid go cut noise and air pollution, Konecranes Port Services is retrofitting a Model 2 Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor crane in DP World’s Liège Container Terminal with electric power.

The Port of Liège is the third-largest river port in Europe, directly linked to both Antwerp and Rotterdam. The DP World Liège Container Terminal (DPW LCT) is the only tri-modal terminal in Wallonia, operating four barges to Antwerp every week.

The Konecranes unit, purchased in 2016, will be moved from DP World’s South Terminal to its North Terminal to meet increased demand. Usually moved by barge, on this occasion the crane is too big to go under bridges and so is being dismantled and then reassembled at its new location.

The electrification refit will include a cable reel system, allowing the crane to move 150 metres from its plug-in to the country’s national grid. In the case of a power cut, Konecranes is retaining the crane’s diesel engine to maintain uptime.

DP World terminal general manager Olivier Hia commented: “The project to electrify our hard-working mobile harbor crane will make it quieter and reduce its local emissions. This is another example of our commitment to social responsibility and eco-efficient operations. We are pleased to be working once again with Konecranes, and I have no doubt that our customers and community will be the winners in the end.”

Konecranes said the contract also supports its belief in the growing opportunities of the circular economy, and the company’s commitment to deliver savings to customers via repairing, modernizing, reusing, and recycling products.