The Port of Esbjerg has ordered a second LHM 800 from Liebherr as it readies equipment for increasing offshore wind power activities.
The new crane is already the seventh Liebherr mobile harbour crane to be used at Denmark’s largest port. The first LHM 800 for Port Esbjerg was delivered in 2019.
Port Esbjerg will be the third port in the world to have two LHM 800 cranes in its fleet.
Delivery is scheduled before the end of the year.
Port Esbjerg is the leading port in Europe for handling and shipping wind energy components – 80 per cent of offshore wind capacity installed in Europe was shipped out from the port.
“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,” said Dennis Jul Pedersen, CEO at Port Esbjerg.
Liebherr and Port Esbjerg have been partners for years: the first Liebherr mobile harbour crane, an LHM 1080, was bought in 1994.
“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,” said Roman Chopyk, Liebherr Sales Manager for Mobile Harbour Cranes.
As offshore wind power activities are expected to increase significantly over the next decade, handling heavy components with mobile harbour cranes becomes essential, said Liebherr.
The LHM 800 is the largest and most powerful mobile harbour crane in the Liebherr LHM portfolio, capable of lifting weights of up to 308 tonnes and up to 616 tonnes in tandem mode – made possible by the Sycratronic tandem-lift assistance system developed in cooperation with Port Esbjerg.
According to Liebherr, the system speeds up turnover time and increases safety as the computer monitors operation to avoid overloads and compensate for the displacement of components being loaded.