Liebherr launches LHM 800 giant mobile harbor crane


Liebherr Maritime Cranes has introduced the LHM 800, its new flagship mobile harbor crane, to the market. This new giant model is the mobile solution for ever-growing vessel sizes and heavy industrial goods, taking container, bulk and general cargo handling to the next level.

The new LHM 800 represents a forward-looking extension at the head of Liebherr’s mobile harbor crane range. The dimensions and capabilities of the LHM 800 are unique, and claimed to outperform all existing mobile harbor crane models in the market.

Liebherr’s newest addition to the portfolio meets growing customer requirements for larger cargo handling solutions in order to efficiently complete new and future tasks.

“The LHM 800 is a breakthrough for the mobile harbor crane sector, outperforming the existing maximum lifting capacity by nearly 50%. Also, in terms of container and bulk handling, the LHM 800 is the new benchmark. We are optimistic that this new model will strengthen our market-leading position,” said Matthias Mungenast, sales director for Liebherr mobile harbor cranes.

Like the complete Liebherr mobile harbor crane (LHM) range, the LHM 800 relies on the highly successful x-shaped undercarriage. The cruciform supporting system is unrivaled in terms of stability and operational safety. The wheel-sets have been slightly adapted to ensure optimum load distribution of this new giant, which weighs approximately 745 tonnes. Thanks to its rubber tired undercarriage, the crane is mobile and can be moved to where it is needed most. Due to the modular LHM concept, customers may alternatively opt for a space-saving rail mounted portal, a fixed pedestal or a barge-mounted solution.

In addition to the undercarriage, the worldwide-proven functional LHM design ensures that the LHM 800 is a valuable addition to the portfolio.

The new giant LHM provides a lifting capacity of 308 tonnes, exceeding the maximum capacity of the so-far-strongest mobile harbor crane, type LHM 600, by not less than 100 tonnes. Thus, the LHM 800 really raises the bar and opens up new fields of application. As industrial goods are getting bigger and heavier, the new crane is a forward-looking solution for ports worldwide.

In addition to single lifts, the new LHM 800 is also designed for tandem lifts. With Liebherr’s tandem operation tool Sycratronic guaranteed and one crane driver can simultaneously operate both cranes for improved speed, capacity and safety. In tandem operation with a second LHM 800 the maximum lifting capacity is 616 tonnes.

In container handling configuration, the fulcrum point is above 36m which eases the handling of bigger vessels. Thanks to its outreach of 64m, the LHM 800 is able to efficiently service large container vessels, which are as wide as 22 container rows. Generally, Liebherr cranes are well-recognized for their outstanding working speed. The LHM 800 continues this tradition by hoisting and lowering containers with 120m per minute. This allows for 38 boxes per hour in standard configuration and even 45 boxes per hour if the crane is equipped with Liebherr’s hybrid power booster Pactronic.

Bulk handling is an easy task for the LHM 800. Equipped with Pactronic, the giant masters up to 2,300 tonnes per hour. The new crane can also be fitted with SmartGrip learning technology for optimized grab filling rates, which was introduced to the market in 2014.

The development of the LHM 800 is another important step in developing new fields of application for mobile harbor cranes. This represents a new opportunity for many ports in the world to add a mobile and versatile solution to their cargo-handling fleet, allowing for more flexibility and more capacity.

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