Liebherr has celebrated the receipt of its 1,000th mobile harbour crane order, the unit is destined for Belgium. Liebherr Nenzing has sold the unit, an LPS 550, to Belgian terminal operator Montoir Bulk Terminal, a subsidiary of SEA-invest, the crane will be delivered later this year.
The LPS550 has a maximum capacity of 144 tonnes and a boom length of 48 metres, the crane will be equipped with Liebherr’s Pactronic hybrid system which the company claims boosts performance and reduces emission each by 30 percent.
Entering the market in 1974 Liebherr took 20 years to deliver its 100th mobile harbour crane. With sales running at consistent pace of around 50 mobile cranes year it took just 11 years to deliver the next 400, handing over the 500th unit in 2005. The next 500 has taken just seven years, in spite of the worldwide recession, thanks in part to the introduction of new machines and increased demand.
Liebherr says that its bestselling model to date is the LHM 400 which it has accounted for over a quarter of the 1,000 LHMs supplied.
SEA-invest is one of the world’s largest terminal operators with a worldwide reputation in the field of stevedoring, transport, warehousing and other port related activities and operates from 25 ports spread across three continents.