African crane rental and heavy transport company Allied Crane Hire has taken delivery of the first 230 tonne Liebherr LTM 1230-5.1 All Terrain crane on the continent.
The five axle crane features an eight section 75 metre main boom plus an 11.5 to 20 metre bi-fold swingaway. An eight to 43 extension, offsettable by 22.5 and 45 degrees, can be used in place of the swingaway to provide a maximum tip height of 113 metres. Features include Liebherr’s VarioBallast and VarioBase Plus outrigger set up and monitoring systems, plus a single engine concept with ECOmode to help reduce fuel consumption and noise.
Managing director André Engelbrecht, said: “Crane experts will agree that Liebherr has the best technology in mobile and crawler cranes and is a pioneer in the industry. An important criterion for us in choosing the LTM 1230 5.1 was its 75 metre telescopic boom. This allows us to do many crane jobs without having to set up a lattice jib.Operations in the petrochemical and mining industries are also extremely challenging: little space, time pressure and constantly changing conditions. This calls for high flexibility from the cranes.”
Erik Benz, head of the mobile and crawler cranes division at Liebherr-Africa, added: “Thanks to VarioBase, it’s now possible to enable really high lifting capacities, especially in the rear working area, over the 8.1 metre wide supports – calculated in real-time by the LICCON controller. This new digitalisation option has a major influence on the structural steel technology, while enhancing customer benefit in the form of increased lifting capacities.”
Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Allied Crane Hire operates a fleet of 80 All Terrain, Rough Terrain, truck, and lattice crawler cranes throughout the sub-Saharan from its locations in Rustenburg, Kathu, Saldanha, Emahlaleni and Mogalakwena. It also has a heavy transport and haulage fleet, plus a fleet of access platforms and telehandlers.