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HHL’s big lift for STS crane transport

A lift-on lift-off first for HANSA HEAVY LIFT with Liebherr creates a new option for Liebherr’s crane customers.

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HHL’s big lift for STS crane transport

HANSA HEAVY LIFT has completed more than a dozen projects carried out for Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd since 2011, but the movement of two fully erect cranes from the DSG Terminal, Port of Cork, Ireland, to the Port of Hull, UK in February this year, was a first.

Liebherr has delivered cranes fully erect before, but for this project the container cranes were loaded using the lift-on lift-off method, rather than roll-on roll-off. The latter method was adopted in March last year when the first-ever fully-erect shipments were made by Liebherr from Ireland - three cranes to San Juan, Puerto Rico - on board OHL ALBATROSS.


The cranes for Hull, which measure measured 81.4 metres by 30.3 metres by 57.3 metres, were loaded aboard HHL Lagos using the ship’s heavy lift cranes.

“This was a complex project where in-depth engineering knowledge and operational expertise was an absolute requirement throughout all stages,” said Emek Ersin Takmaz, Head of Projects, Engineering Department, HANSA HEAVY LIFT.

“Paying close attention to every detail, whilst working hand-in-hand with our customer from the beginning, as well as successful cooperation on site, helped us to eliminate any possible risks and allowed us to execute the project seamlessly as planned.”

Engineers from HANSA HEAVY LIFT and Liebherr designed tailor-made seafastening and loadspreading structures, as well as special rigging arrangements for loading and discharge operations. The Liebherr cranes were moved alongside using self-propelled modular transporters and lifted onboard using two ships cranes in tandem. The first of two STS cranes was pulled to the forward end of the hatch covers, followed by the second crane being lifted directly into its stowage position in the cargo hold. The cranes were discharged directly onto the rails at the Port of Hull.

Andre Milschus, Managing Director, HBB Hanseatic Break Bulk GmbH, said this was a landmark project for Liebherr, as it was the first time fully erected STS cranes were transported via a lift-on and lift-off method on a heavy lift vessel after being built in Ireland.

Denis Doolan, Transport and Shipping Manager of Liebherr Container Cranes added “This project was quite a challenging one from a logistics point of view and one which took months in the planning. The success of this shipment was mainly attributed to the professionalism, teamwork and planning of the engineers of both Liebherr container cranes and HANSA HEAVY LIFT. Liebherr strive to develop different options of delivery to our clients worldwide and this shipment was another example of our drive to deliver top quality product by various different methods”.

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