Beokran Collects Serbia’s First LTM 1150-5.3 from Liebherr in Ehingen
Crane and special haulage contractor Beokran d.o.o. has taken delivery of the first Liebherr LTM 1150-5.3 mobile crane in Serbia. The new 150t crane will supplement the Belgrade-based company’s crane fleet between machines with lifting capacities of 130t and 200t. The 66m telescopic boom was an important criterion behind the decision.
“The new LTM 1150-5.3 fits into our crane fleet perfectly between our LTM 1200-5.1 and the LTM 1130-5.1. The 150t machine is now the second most powerful crane in our fleet”, says Goran Karanovic, founder and owner of the company based in the Serbian capital. “The 66m telescopic boom is perfect for erecting tower cranes. That was a very important criterion for us when we decided to buy the new crane.”
The telescopic boom on the new LTM 1150-5.3 is six metres longer than the one on its predecessor, the LTM 1130-5.1. At the same length of 60m, the new 5-axle crane can hoist 12t when fully raised – 1.5t more than its predecessor. When fully extended to 66m, the new crane has a lifting capacity of over 9t. That makes it perfect for erecting tower cranes and radio masts. Lattice extensions enable the Liebherr 150t crane to achieve hook heights of up to 92m and radii of up to 72m. A 7m lattice section is used as a boom extension for this purpose along with a 10.8 to 19m double folding jib. The latter can be adjusted hydraulically between 0° and 40°.
The LTM 1150-5.3 is immediately ready for use when it reaches the site. This is because it carries 9t of ballast whilst travelling at a gross weight of 60t and with an axle load of 12t. That means it can complete lots of jobs without requiring additional ballast transport vehicles. That saves time and money.
Goran Karanovic founded Beokran in 2007 with two small mobile cranes with lifting capacities of 8t and 20t. He continues: “As my budget was not enough for a new crane, I bought a used Liebherr LTM 1040/1. We renovated it, were successful and after a year we bought another LTM 1040/1 and an LTM 1060/2.” Today, Beokran employs 25 people and has eleven Liebherr mobile cranes with lifting capacities ranging from 40t to 200t as well as several special transport vehicles and loading cranes.
“Liebherr provides excellent service along with its Serbian partner, DS Inženjering. The high level of quality and service has minimised the downtimes of our cranes. Beokran builds on the Liebherr brand”, adds Karanovic.
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Crane handover at the manufacturing plant in Ehingen (from left to right): Nikola Savkovic (DS Inženjering(, Goran Karanovic (Beokran d.o.o.), Thomas Fiesel (Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH).