Bejaia in Algeria purchase a Liebherr LHM 420 mobile harbour crane


Finnish manufacturer Kalmar has delivered two E-One2 rubber tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) to Bejaia Mediterranean Terminal (BMT) in Algeria, a joint venture between Entreprise Portuaire de Bejaia (EPB) and Portek of Singapore.

BMT has also purchased a Liebherr LHM 420 mobile harbour crane, with an outreach of 48m and a maximum lifting capacity of 124 tonnes, capable of serving post-Panamax vessels.

Bringing the number of RTGs at the terminal to 10, the new machines are capable of stacking containers one-over-seven high, span six container rows and a roadway, and have a lifting capacity of 41 tonnes.

Nassib Barchiche, BMT’s director general said: “BMT has seen significant year-on-year increases in annual throughput since it commenced full operations. Annual throughput has grown from hardly 40,000 teu in 2004 to about 250,000 teu in 2014.”

“We are fully committed to increasing the productivity of operations at our terminal,” he added.

Takao Omori, CEO of Portek International said that the investment would enable “all the terminals managed and operated by us to maximise throughput and accelerate growth.”

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