Balance Crane – A New Type of STS Crane in Development

by Kenton Lee, Simo Hoite, Lu Yan, and Anna Dix
Presented by Kenton Lee at the Ports 2022 Conference in Honolulu

Known for concept cranes and innovations, Liftech conceived the Balance Crane (BC) and developed the design in collaboration with crane manufacturer ZPMC, Shanghai, China. This future crane, also called articulating balance crane (ABC), is a new type of STS container crane developed to address a need for reduced wheel loads and reduced tie-down loads. This presentation describes how the BC works and discusses selected design features and advantages.