The Port of Esbjerg in Jutland, Denmark has ordered a second Liebherr LHM 800. It will be the seventh Liebherr mobile harbour crane at the port – Denmark’s largest.
The new crane has a maximum capacity of 308 tonnes and will be used to handle the next generation of offshore wind turbines. The port has played a key role in Denmark’s offshore wind industry and apparently, components for around 80 per cent of the offshore wind capacity installed in Europe shipped from the Port of Esbjerg, which handles more than 500,000 tonnes of major wind turbine components a year.
The first LHM 800 was delivered in 2019, the new crane is due to arrive in the New Year and will enable the port to carry out tandem lifts of up to 616 tonnes. Liebherr developed its Sycratronic computerised assistance system with Esbjerg, allowing two cranes to work in tandem with a single crane operator. It is also ideal for handling rotor blades 90 metres long or more.
The port has also purchased an LHM 600 for delivery before the end of the year. The Port purchased its first Liebherr mobile harbour crane, an LHM 1080, in 1994.
Port Esbjerg’s chief executive Jul Pedersen said: “Our competency lies in breakbulk and in having the capacity for tandem lifts above 600 tonnes, which is necessary not only in the on and offshore wind market but also in supporting production in the hinterland.”
Liebherr mobile harbour crane sales manager Roman Chopyk added: “The Port of Esbjerg has been pursuing major expansion plans for decades. Our company supports the port’s development by delivering a high-quality product, reliable service and innovative technology. We are grateful for the opportunity to succeed together and continue our partnership.”