November 29 - Global crane manufacturer Liebherr has signed a contract for a new combined mobile harbour and offshore crane that is as home in offshore applications as it is on the quayside, and is set to be delivered by the end of 2012.

Liebherr-Russland and client Lukoil-Kaliningradmorneft have signed a contract for the 1,000 tonne new mobile harbour and offshore crane, designed for two contrasting types of application: useful in harbours as a powerful crane for lifting heavy loads up to maximum of 400 tonnes and able to drive onto a floating installation or barge, where it is fixed and used as an offshore crane under offshore conditions.

The crane was developed using existing technologies from the offshore crane and mobile harbour crane product groups. For its undercarriage, the drive technology of a Liebherr mobile harbour crane was combined with a newly designed steel fabrication consisting of a central X-shaped structure to which four outriggers are mounted.

For travelling operations the base structure is fitted with 48 wheel sets as known from the conventional Liebherr mobile harbour crane. During operation, the crane is propped up on support unit situated at the end of the outriggers.