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Published: 2 May 2017      

A first for Liebherr’s biggest MHC

Liebherr Maritime has signed a deal with Saqr Port Authority for two Liebherr LHM 800 mobile harbour cranes in bulk handling configuration.

Günter Berthold - Liebherr Sales Manager, Capt. Cliff Brand - Group General Manager RAK Ports, and David Owen - Port Engineering Manager RAK Ports (pictured left to right) have signed a contract for two new Liebherr LHM 800 for Saqr Port, UAE.

Liebherr said the order is the first for the bulk version of its LHM 800, and the cranes will be capable of serving bulk vessels up to Capesize class. The Saqr Port Authority has ordered the crane for two new bulk berths, as part of a strategy to strengthen its leading position in the in the Middle East bulk market. Located at the foot of the Hajar Mountains in the north of the United Arab Emirates, Saqr mainly handling limestones and aggregates for construction projects in the middle east.

Saqr Port, a long time Liebherr customer, ordered its first crane over 25 years ago and now operates eight Liebherr machines of various types. It also has a Liebherr simulator for training purposes. 

The LHM 800 will have a 54m boom and a maximum lifting capacity of up to 144 tonnes. “The powerful hydrostatic transmission and advanced Liebherr electronics ensure short, productive working cycles during bulk handling. Both machines for Saqr Port are equipped with Liebherr’s unique Pactronic system. This hydraulic hybrid drive system achieves increased handling performance with reduced fuel consumption,” Liebherr stated. 

Using an accumulator, Pactronic stores energy generated when lowering the load for use when the crane requires peak power when hoisting. “In terms of turnover capacity, that means an increase of up to 30% compared to a conventional machine with an equal power rating of the primary energy source. With Pactronic the LHM 800 is able to achieve a turnover of up to 2300 tonnes per hour,” Liebherr stated.
 
Both cranes will be delivered fully assembled directly from Liebherr’s maritime headquarter in Rostock/Germany to Saqr Port at the beginning of 2018 and will start operation in spring. 

“These new mobile harbour cranes will helps us to improve our bulk handling efficiency even more. Thanks to its high lifting capacities at a wide outreach, we are able to expand our service portfolio up to Capesize class vessels. This is very important for the future development of our port. We have been operating Liebherr mobile harbour cranes for many years and are very satisfied with the overall performance and the reliability of the machines,” said Capt. Cliff Brand - Group General Manager RAK Ports. 



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