Liebherr Maritime Cranes has hailed 2018 as a “very successful year”, with 83 sales of mobile harbour cranes in 40 countries.
The crane maker claimed to have gained an estimated market share of up to two-thirds of the mobile harbour crane segment.
“Demand for our state-of-the-art handling solution was very stable at a high level during the course of the year,” said Andreas Müller, sales director for Liebherr mobile harbour cranes.
“In addition, we have succeeded in reviving countries and even entire regions that have shown almost no turnover development in recent years.
“A record year in the UK (eight cranes) and an impressive result in Africa are two positive examples. In addition, we have continued our success story with the LHM 800, strengthened our existing customer relationships and gained new important accounts.
“I would like to emphasise very clearly that all this could only be achieved through teamwork across all departments and branches worldwide.”
Among the sales highlights was at order at the beginning of 2018 for a LHM 420 for Qube Ports in Australia. While the crane was on its way to Bell Bay, Tasmania Qube ordered a second MHC type LHM 550. The new machine will start operation in a couple of weeks and represents the ninth LHM Qube ordered from Liebherr in the past five years.
In March, Liebherr delivered a mobile harbour crane type LHM 120 to the Belgium port worker-training centre OCHA. The new machine is the third training device Liebherr provided to OCHA. The machine will be used for practice-based trainings of crane operators.
In April, Liebherr launched the first purely electric driven port crane, the LPS 420 E. All crane movements like luffing, hoisting, slewing and travelling are done by electric motors. The
In the second half of the year, a number of impressive orders were placed. Karmsund Havn IKS purchased the biggest mobile harbour crane in Norway, an LHM 550. The machine will be used in the new Haugesund Cargo Terminals, Husøy.
Yilport Holding, a subsidiary of Yildirim Group, recently acquired a multipurpose terminal in Quetzal, Guatemala. At the beginning of October, two Liebherr mobile harbour cranes type LHM 600 were delivered from Liebherr’s maritime production facility in Rostock, Germany to Yilport’s newly acquired terminal in Guatemala. The machines are equipped with a tower extension of 12m, which ensures a maximum cabin height of more than 37m.
2018 was also the year of the LHM 800, the largest mobile harbour crane in Liebherr’s portfolio. At the beginning of the year, Saqr Port Authority received the delivery of two LHM 800s. These two cranes are the first LHM 800 in bulk handling configuration ever delivered by Liebherr.
Furthermore, OCUPA received an LHM 800 in container handling configuration for their terminal in Manzanillo, Mexico. Salerno Container Terminal (SCT), owned by the Gallozzi SpA Group, received an LHM 600 and an LHM 800.
In 2019, Liebherr will also deliver two more LHM 800s to existing customers. Port of Bronka was the first customer of the LHM 800 and will receive another unit this summer, while Montecon will receive its third LHM 800. The device is also the tenth Liebherr mobile harbour crane operated by Montecon at its terminal in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Another record was achieved with a total of eight units sold in Great Britain. Machines with lifting capacities from 64t to 144t were represented.
“Despite unstable political and economic conditions, some of which are difficult to predict, the outlook for 2019 is positive,” said Leopold Berthold, managing director sales for Liebherr Maritime Cranes.
“The existing order backlog is promising and indicates that the Liebherr mobile harbour crane will continue on its successful course. We would like to thank all our customers for the trust they have placed in us. We will work hard as a team to meet their expectations.”