Port’s Zero Emission Material Handler Swings

Port of Tilbury’s new Liebherr zero emission material handler was officially welcomed into the port this week. The new Liebherr LH 150 M HR, is the first of its kind to operate in the UK and joins the busy port’s fleet of material handlers including Sennebogen 870 and 875 machines.

The new handler, which is to be known as ‘Big Giraffe’ following a naming competition with local schools, is the most advanced model with strong sustainability and net zero credentials which support’s the port drive to greener operations.

The machine which will work across the port estate including bulks and general cargo, uses the latest Tier V engine capable of running on HVO100 fuel which ensures zero CO2 emissions. An Energy Recovery Cylinder (ERC) is fitted to the main boom which will deliver up to 30% of fuel saving. The model also has low energy LED Lighting throughout and will contribute to the port’s ongoing commitment to ISO 14001and ISO 50001 accreditation.

Paul Dale, Asset and Site Director at the Port of Tilbury said: “Across our ports, we are investing in greener technology to ensure that our operations are sustainable and moving towards zero emissions. We have worked with Liebherr over the years and we are pleased to be the first in the UK to use their most advanced model of material handler.”

Mike Hanlon, Ports and Re-handling Specialist at Liebherr Great Britain, commented: “In line with our commitment to continuously reduce our environmental impacts and to shape long-term industry trends, we are driving forward the electrification of our machine portfolio. Many ports are increasingly demanding minimal CO2 emissions and a significant reduction in noise pollution for round-the-clock loading and unloading. Our emission-free material handlers respond to these challenges.”

The winning name, ‘Big Giraffe’ was the firm favourite with the port judging team, but they also awarded a runners up prize to the name ‘Big Claw’. The winner was Rebekah Oppong, aged 10, from Lansdown Primary Academy and Kitty North, aged 8, from Tilbury Pioneer Academy was the runner up.

Commenting on the competition, Peter Ward, Commercial Director at the Port of Tilbury said: “We wanted to get the local community involved in naming our new machine and were very impressed with all the creative ideas that the school children came up with. The name ‘Big Giraffe’ is a fitting name and we hope that Rebekah will get to see the new machine for herself at the port soon.”

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