Crane and heavy haulage contractor Sarens has ordered the very first model of the new Liebherr LR 12500-1.0 crawler crane.
Liebherr launched the new crane earlier this month citing it a: “Game changer for tomorrow’s energy.”
The new crawler will be used primarily for the renewables industry, handling offshore wind turbines.
Liebherr consulted closely with its customers in the heavy load sector in order to develop a new crawler crane between the LR 11350, with a lifting capacity of 1350 tonnes, and the 3000 tonne LR 13000. The result is the new LR 12500-1.0 with a maximum lifting capacity of 2,500 tonnes.
Handling enormous components for offshore wind turbines, at ports in particular, has become an important area of work for large crawler cranes. Demand for larger crawler cranes is also coming from the petrochemicals industry and port handling.
Sarens was convinced by the concept and performance of the new 2,500-tonners and ordered the first unit. Managing director Carl Sarens said: “The high lifting capacity of the LR 12500-1.0 is the outstanding feature for us. The new crane will enable us to close the gap between our crawler and ringer cranes. We are particularly focussing on jobs in renewables for the new 2,500 tonne crane. Handling offshore wind turbines at ports is also becoming a much more important business segment and the weights of components continues to rise.”