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Port of Esbjerg orders Liebherr LHM 800

The Port Esbjerg is gearing up for future business and opted for the world’s largest mobile harbour crane, the Liebherr LHM 800 with a maximum lifting capacity of around 300 tonnes under hook

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Port of Esbjerg orders Liebherr LHM 800

The number of crane tasks at the Port of Esbjerg is growing, having increased up by 66% in just four years. Accordingly, the port is now expanding its crane capacity with the world’s largest harbour crane, the Liebherr LHM 800. The new machine has a total height of 48m and a boom length of 66m.


”We are experiencing a growth in high and heavy cargo, and that makes new demands on our crane capacity,” explains Dennis Jul Pedersen, Port CEO at the Port Esbjerg. The new 4-rope crane has a lifting capacity of 308 tonnes on the ropes, like the one shown on the left (seen arriving in Bronka in 2015). Esbjerg’s new crane will arrive in August. The port already has the largest fleet of Liebherr cranes in Scandinavia.


The need for the new crane is prompted by developments in the offshore industry especially; partly because the components for the wind turbines in the North Sea are getting bigger and bigger. However, other industries at the port may also benefit, such as handling heavy machinery and production equipment.


"The new crane will give us much greater cargo handling flexibility," said Pedersen. "In addition to single lifts of over 300 tons, it will allow us to carry out tandem lifts with two of our largest cranes together lifting up to 448 tonnes.”

The Liebherr team in Rostock with Port of Esbjerg personnel
The Liebherr team in Rostock with Port of Esbjerg personnel

The picture shows the contract signing at Liebherr Maritime Cranes’ base in Rostock, Germany. From left to right: Roman Chopyk (Sales Manager, Liebherr), Maxim Kim (Area Manager, Liebherr), Andreas Müller (Sales Director, Liebherr), Dennis Jul Pedersen (CEO, Port of Esbjerg), Henrik Theilgaard (Technical Director, Port of Esbjerg), Leopold Berthold (Managing Director, Liebherr Rostock) and Aaron Boysen (Sales Manager, Liebherr).


Known (by WorldCargo News) customers for the LHM 800 crane are: Montecon, Montevideo; Saqr Port; OCUPA, Manzanillo; Salerno Container Terminal; and Fenix, Port of Bronka.


Esbjerg is understood to be the second customer to date - after Fenix, Bronka - for the LHM 800 in its very heavy lifting configuration - 308 tonnes on the ropes between 13m and 16m radius. This translates into a maximum lift capacity of 300-302 tonnes, depending on the rotating hook.


Esbjerg, with its important role in the offshore wind farm sector, is also the home of the heaviest reach stacker supplied to date to any port, with a lift capacity of 155 tonnes, supplied to Blue Water Shipping by NC Nielsen.


  • West Africa Container Terminal (WACT), an APM Terminals affiliate located in Onne Port, has invested in two new Liebherr LHM 550 mobile harbour cranes. They are due for deployment in July this year. This year, WACT has already invested around US$2.5M in 10 terminal tractors, three reach stackers and an empty container handler, as well as terminal infrastructure and manpower development. Earlier this year, the first delivery of terminal tractors was flown into the country on one of the world’s largest cargo planes, the Antonov An-124.
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