Heavy goods handling
The German company Bendorfer Umschlags- und Speditionsgesellschaft (BUS Bendorf), part of the Kann group, has improved its handling capacities in the inland port on the Rhine in Bendorf which it runs by acquiring Liebherr mobile crane.
The new Liebherr LHM 280 assumed an important role in the logistics processes in the Rhine port from the moment it entered operations. Its mobility and multifaceted deployment options made it a key piece of equipment in the hub. Its handling capacity of 84 t also make the crane eminently suitable for the handling of heavy goods. All of the various types of goods traditionally shipped through Bendorf have already been handled by the new unit. These include clay, basalt, steel and other dry bulk goods such as sand, as well as socalled big bags containing minerals or road salt. Markus Stock, managing director of BUS Bendorf, told the media that his company opted for the electricallydriven version. The environmentfriendly power source has enabled the company to drastically reduce its diesel consumption, as the crane requires no operating fuel as long as it is connected to an external power source.
Concrete sections for wind farms
The new crane enabled BUS Bendorf to win a new order recently. It has been handling concrete sections for wind energy farms since March. «We wouldn’t be in a position to ship such heavy sections without our new highperformance crane,» Stock explained. The Bendorf inland port on the river Rhine is an important logistics hub, where customers benefit from the centre’s excellent interconnectivity between the waterways, the railways and the roads. A total of approximately EUR 6.5 million has been invested in improving the port’s infrastructure in the past two years. 1.6 million t of goods were handled 2011, despite ongoing expansion work.