A Good Year for Liebherr’s Mobile Harbour Cranes
The highest worldwide port equipment manufacturers, as Liebherr, find in Latinports the opportunity to expand their business in Latin America.
In Latin America, Liebherr’s largest mobile harbour crane model, the LHM 600, was particularly successful with a total of twelve units sold in the last twelve months, confirming the trend towards larger cranes in the region. Three are barge slewing (LBS) cranes, a combination of a mobile harbour crane and a fixed pedestal mounted on a barge, and two specially designed LHM 600s were acquired in Argentina and Uruguay. An elongated tower extension positions the tower cabin higher than 37 m providing not only better sight into the ship for the crane driver but also a higher fulcrum point which considerably aids the handling of larger vessels.
In spring 2013 Liebherr launched its range of maritime crane simulators (LiSIM) that the company says “provide a cost-effective and highly efficient crane driver training solution for mobile harbour cranes, ship to shore, rubber tyre gantry and offshore cranes”. The drive systems reproduce all In spring 2013 Liebherr launched its range of maritime crane simulators (LiSIM)crane movements exactly both in space and in real-time allowing training in a realistic but virtual environment which eliminates damage to maritime equipment and injuries to port personnel.
Europe (including Russia) is still the main region for Liebherr mobile harbour cranes accounting for more than 40% of annual deliveries. Africa ranked second with 14% (down 7% compared to 2012) although the order backlog for the region suggests this is only a temporary downturn.In Australia, North America and the Middle East, the demand for LHMs rose leading to significant increases in market share. Liebherr is positive “Order backlog of more than €150m is at a record level in keeping with the IMF forecast for world trade growth”about 2014 prospects. “Order backlog of more than €150m is at a record level in keeping with the IMF forecast for world trade growth”, the company said.