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Port of Leith adds Liebherr loaders to transport fleet

Port of Leith has recently added two Liebherr loaders to its modern fleet of materials handlers, specifically to load and stockpile large volumes of biomass bulk products.

Leith (Edinburgh) is the largest enclosed deepwater port in Scotland and is a modern, efficient maritime facility for cruise liners and, because of its ideal location and configuration, is a major cargo handling centre with easy access to Continental Europe.

Leith has a long association with grain and bulk animal feeds, cereals for the milling of flour and distillation of whisky and bulk aggregates.

Materials handling is a vital part of the operations, in order to ensure the smooth flow of a wide variety of bulk cargos whilst maintaining the integrity, cleanliness and quality of each commodity.

Liebherr loaders
Port of Leith has recently added two Liebherr L 5562plus2 wheeled loaders to its modern fleet of materials handlers, specifically to load and stockpile large volumes of biomass bulk products.

The Liebherr L 5562plus2 is an articulated, hydrostatically driven wheeled loader in the 17 tonnes class, with a tipping load of 13,140kg. Power is supplied by a Liebherr engine which develops 140kW and the high-tip bucket capacity is 5.0m³.

Goods include wheat, soy, sugar beet pellets, oil seed rape, aggregates, maize and sunflower seeds - all of which are subjected to a rigorous quality assurance system and constant monitoring during storage and handling.

Animal feed
Animal feed is usually discharged at North Side Imperial Dock which is served by five quayside cranes, supported by high capacity hoppers to ensure discharge efficiency and minimal cargo loss during unloading; additional grab cranage of smaller shipments is located on the South Side Imperial Dock.

The discharged feed is transported to modern custom-built flat storage with a covered area totalling 14,000m² and which is conveniently close to the unloading berths.

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