Port Esbjerg expands crane fleet to handle next-gen offshore wind turbines

Port Esbjerg expands crane fleet to handle next-gen offshore wind turbines

Photo source: Port Esbjerg

Port Esbjerg has further invested in equipment to make sure it can handle the next-generation offshore wind turbines that will come through the port in the coming years. The port has ordered it second LHM 800, the seventh in total Liebherr mobile harbour crane to be used at the facility. At the end of the year, another LHM 600 will join the fleet of cranes at the port. Port Esbjerg will be the first port in the western part of the world to have two LHM 800 cranes in its fleet.

Port Esbjerg is a major port in Europe in terms of handling and shipping out wind power. The port played a key role in the rise of Denmark’s offshore wind industry – 4/5 of the offshore wind capacity installed in Europe was shipped out from Port Esbjerg. Port Esbjerg’s track record for breakbulk is notable, as the port handles more than 500,000 tons of major wind turbine components each year. Therefore, it is decisive that the port is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment.

Port of Esbjerg – Liebherr partnership

With the second LHM 800, Port Esbjerg will also be able to carry out tandem lifts of up to 616 tons. This means that components of the next generation of offshore wind turbines can be handled. Dennis Jul Pedersen, CEO at Port Esbjerg, says, “Our competency lies in breakbulk and in having the capacity for tandem lifts above 600 tons, which is necessary not only in the on- and offshore wind market but also in supporting production in the hinterland.”

The first Liebherr mobile harbour crane, an LHM 1080, was bought by the port in 1994. Many further units followed in the years after. Together with Port Esbjerg, Liebherr developed its unique Sycratronic tandem assistance system.

“Port Esbjerg has been pursuing major expansion plans for decades. Our company supports the port’s development by delivering a high-quality product, reliable service, and innovative technology. We are grateful for the opportunity to succeed together and continue our partnership,” comments Roman Chopyk, Sales Manager for Liebherr mobile harbour cranes.

Port Esbjerg expands crane fleet to handle next-gen offshore wind turbines
LHM 800 at Port Esbjerg (Photo source: Port Esbjerg)

Liebherr LHM for the wind industry

The offshore wind activities are predicted significant surge over the next decade, and as wind turbines become bigger, powerful equipment for handling components is needed. The possibility to handle the heavy components with mobile harbour cranes is considered imperative in efficient and flexible port operations. Liebherr’s mobile harbour cranes are versatile and allow for the handling of all types of goods at wind speeds of up to 24 meters per second, thus providing the best possible operability.

The LHM 800 is the largest and most powerful mobile harbour crane in the Liebherr LHM portfolio. The machine meets the ever-increasing demand for mobile heavy-duty cranes in the maritime sector. A key driver of this development is the wind industry. In a special heavy-lift version, the LHM 800 is capable of lifting weights of up to 308 tons and 616 tons in tandem mode with the intelligent Liebherr system Sycratronic.

Sycratronic is a computerised assistance system for operating two cranes with one crane operator. This makes the system not only ideally suited for tandem lifts of turbines over 600 tons, but is also ideal for handling rotor blades, which in the offshore sector can be over 90 meters long. Sycratronic speeds up turnover time and increases safety as the computer monitors operation to avoid overloads and compensate for the displacement of components being loaded.

Author: Adnan Bajic

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