Liebherr - The leader in container cranes technology and innovation
With a supply record that exceeds over 800 machines in over 56 countries, Liebherr is one of the foremost container crane and reachstacker manufacturing companies in the world and leads the way in technology and innovation
• Delivery tailored to customer requirements
• Assembly on site or fully erect delivery available
• New and innovative solutions for maritime cargo handling equipment
Liebherr Container Cranes has been manufacturing cranes at their Irish plant since 1958. The factory initially manufactured large tower cranes and for many years, the world’s largest tower cranes were built in Killarney by Liebherr.
In 1967, Liebherr in Ireland began to manufacture container gantry cranes. Involvement in the container crane business necessitated that, besides design and manufacturing facilities, this new and specialised business also called for other skills, such as shipping and erection facilities, language and marketing expertise, after sales service and spare parts provision.
Liebherr in Ireland became Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd in 1972, in order to undertake worldwide marketing, design, manufacture, delivery erection and servicing of rail mounted quayside container cranes and container stacking cranes. With a supply record that exceeds over 800 machines in over 56 countries of the world, Liebherr container cranes supplies ship to shore container cranes, rubber and rail mounted gantry cranes and straddle carriers.
Ship to shore container cranes and rubber and rail mounted gantry cranes are designed and manufactured in Killarney, Ireland. Prior to shipping the cranes undergo extensive quality control checks and the machinery and electric components of the cranes are assembled with the drive and motor elements of the cranes being tested.
Assembly on site
Typically a Liebherr container crane is shipped in large preassembled components. Installation is done in close cooperation with the client and installation companies.
Fully erect delivery
When space is at a premium or the customer requires minimum work on site, the option to avail of fully erect delivery is available. In this instance the cranes are shipped to a nearby port where normal erection of the cranes is undertaken, which is then barged to their final destination. An alternative, is to assemble the cranes fully in Ireland and then ship to the final destination. Earlier this year, three large ship to shore container cranes were assembled at Liebherr’s Cork Dockyard facility and sent to Puerto Rico. Liebherr Maritime Cranes is entering the market for maritime cargo handling equipment with new and innovative solutions.
The LRS 545 is designed for highly responsive operation to allow high performance in a relaxed manner. The innovative individual drive concept ensures that, a hydraulic motor independently drives each wheel. Not only is this a more compact solution, it reduces tyre scrubbing and thereby increases tyre life. The reduced wear and tear of the tires strongly contributes to low total cost of ownership. By removing the mechanical gearbox element, the drive of the machine from acceleration to braking is smooth and step less, which provides added sensitivity at low speeds and increases driver comfort.
Another significant factor for good total cost of ownership of a Reachstacker is of course fuel consumption. The highly efficient hydrostatic drive system of the LRS 545 makes a reduction in engine size possible. Fitted with a 4-cylinder 230 kw engine that meets Tier 4f requirements, fuel consumption as low as 12 to 14 litres per hour can be achieved.
Liebherr mobile harbour cranes
Liebherr’s range of mobile harbour cranes is extremely versatile making it a universal all-rounder and key asset for handling all types of cargo from containers to bulk commodities, general cargo and even heavy lifts up to 308 tonnes. The product range covers all vessel sizes up to megamax and capesize. Diverse applications and varying terminal designs call for different equipment configurations. The Liebherr mobile harbour cranes enable full modularity, and so flexibility, across the entire product range.
The travelling system, whether rubber-tyred, railmounted or a floating unit, can be easily adapted to meet the port infrastructure. This also applies to the drive concept, which can be chosen from a conventional diesel engine, a hybrid drive or an electric drive system.
The bestselling LHM type is the LHM 550.
The LHM 550 is designed for efficient cargo handling up to post-panamax-sized vessels. The crane operates with outstanding mobility and manoeuvrability and has a maximum lifting capacity of 144 tons and 54 metres radius.
The LHM 550 is the perfect crane for handling bulk cargoes in the Capsize ship class. For container handling, ships of the New-panamax class are the optimal working environment for the LHM 550. General cargoes and heavy-duty lifting up to 144 tonnes complete the range of applications of this crane type.