LiuGong shipped a TC250-4 crane to the South Pole by ship from Shanghai earlier this month to assist in the operations of a Chinese research facility. The unit is the second LiuGong crane to be sent to the South Pole and is expected to land at Zhongshan station in Antarctica after two months, where the first LiuGong TC250-4 has been in operation for about one year.
The crane will be responsible for loading and unloading cargo, truck hoisting and house repair work at the Chinese research station. This second crane was ordered after the first TC250-4 proved that the equipment could work stably and reliably in the extreme, sub-zero Antarctic environment.
The commissioning of the cranes is a direct result of a strategic cooperation agreement between LiuGong and the Polar research center of China that was signed in 2012. Since that time, LiuGong has sent several machines to the South Pole, including a CLG920D excavator, a CLG856 wheel loader and the cranes.