Liebherr has expanded its heavy lift ship crane portfolio with an 800-tonne capacity crane – the LS 800 E.
“The growth of wind turbines is leading to increasingly heavy individual component weights. In addition, the handling of large components requires a longer outreach of the cranes used than is often the case in the market,” said Liebherr. The manufacturer added that the supply of heavy lift vessels with cranes offering a maximum lifting capacity of 800 tonnes is lower than the expected future demand.
In addition to the much larger dimensions of the crane, the LS 800 E design also includes an all-electric drive concept. All sections of the crane are electrically driven. As a result, the machine achieves higher energy efficiency and thus significantly reduces the ship’s CO2 emissions.
“We have many years of experience with all-electric drives from the port equipment sector, among others,” Gregor Levold, sales director for Liebherr Offshore, Ship and Port Cranes, added. “As usual, the development of the crane is done completely in-house. We can also cover the procurement of individual components largely in-house at Liebherr.”
He said: “The new cranes follow on from a long tradition and decades of experience in building ship cranes. The first ship crane was delivered by Liebherr in 1958. The push into the 800-tonnes size segment does not represent new territory – Liebherr has already supplied onshore and offshore cranes in the 3,000-5,000 tonnes category.”