Port Esbjerg orders two new Liebherr cranes for record-breaking lift capacity
Port Esbjerg has ordered two new Liebherr cranes, an LHM 600 and an LHM 800. The cranes, which will be delivered next summer, will give the port a lifting capacity of 616 tonnes, which is the highest in western Europe at the moment.
These cranes have been ordered as a result of the rapidly growing offshore wind industry in the area. “We’ve been out shopping because our goal is to be a global leader. Components in the wind industry keep getting bigger and bigger, and we’ll get even busier at the port in the coming years. That means we’ll need the capacity to load two ships simultaneously, and we’ll be able to do that when we take delivery of the new cranes,” explains Dennis Jul Pedersen, CEO of Port Esbjerg.
“Besides the LHM 800, we’ve also bought an LHM 600, because we’re expecting a bigger share of the lucrative breakbulk market. The two new cranes will truly make us stand out in the European market, and we’re very confident about the opportunities that our investments will open for us,” adds Jul Pedersen. Port Esbjerg will have the largest collection of mobile Liebherr harbour cranes in northern Europe upon delivery.
In addition to being able to load two ships with wind turbine components at once, the port will also be able to provide tandem lifts with its two LHM 800 cranes. Liebherr developed this system specifically based on their work being done at Port Esbjerg. Esbjerg will be one of only three ports in the world able to offer this kind of tandem lift.