Four LBS 800s for Porto Chibatão


Liebherr has delivered four units of the fixed barge- or pontoon-mounted version of its largest mobile harbour crane to Brazilian port operator Porto Chibatão.

Four LBS 800s for Porto Chibatão
The LBS cranes are fixed, but for testing purposes prior to handover, they are mounted on appropriate LHM undercarriage so they can be moved more easily © Liebherr

Porto Chibatão will be the first operator in the world to install the LBS 800s, the same as the LHM 800 from the slew ring upwards, on its floating pier.

A special boom length of 66m allows the cranes to reach ULCVs with a width of up to 23 rows of containers, supported by a 9.6m tower extension for a better overview for the crane operators.

Performance is enhanced by the inclusion of electric drives for more reliable, high-speed turnover and fewer local emissions.

Four LBS 800s for Porto Chibatão
Picture taken during delivery of the cranes in large piece from Liebherr’s crane plant in Rostock, Germany, L to R: Glauco Campos, Sales Executive at Liebherr; Jhony Fidélis, General Executive Director at Grupo Chibatão; Ângelo Maia Telles, Divisional Commercial Manager, at Liebherr; and Kamila Santos, General Executive Directorship at Grupo Chibatão / Liebherr

In container handling they have a turnover of up to 35 moves per hour, says Liebherr, and can lift up to 104 tonnes in hook mode.

Based on the latest Liebherr mobile harbour crane (LHM) design, the cranes also feature an updated interior cabin and a more digital architecture overall that paves the way for partial automation and future assistance systems.

The contract for the purchase of four cranes was signed during the Intermodal South America event in São Paulo in 2022.

The cranes were delivered last September and are now part of a fleet of 16 barge-mounted Liebherr slewing cranes in operation at the port.

Porto Chibatão, which serves the Manaus industrial park, also known as the Manaus free trade zone, has been using Liebherr cranes since 2007 and operates both FCC (fixed cargo cranes) and LBS 600-type cranes at the port, trendsetting in the world.

It is Liebherr’s port equipment customer in Latin America, featuring 42 different cranes, including gantry cranes as well as FCCs and LBS cranes.

One-time CY capacity is no less than 40,000 TEU to support operations at the floating pier.

Following a recent Reais98M (€18.3M) expansion plan, the pier has been lengthened from 710m to 1,1026m and up to eight vessels can be worked at the same time.

Regular container line customers are Hamburg Süd, Maersk Mercosul Line, Log-In, CMA-CGM, MSC, and the company also general cargo ships and steel products destined for the Manaus Industrial Pole.

“We are always looking for innovative solutions to improve our performance and sustainability,” notes Jhony Fidelis, General Executive Director of Grupo Chibatão.

“These particular LBS 800 cranes from Liebherr are a perfect fit for our vision, as they offer high productivity and low emissions.”

Written by Vincent Champion