Four LBS 800 Cranes Installed on Porto Chibatão's Floating Pier by Liebherr in Manaus, Brazil – Heavy Lift News
22 Feb 2024

Four LBS 800 Cranes Installed on Porto Chibatão’s Floating Pier by Liebherr in Manaus, Brazil

Two pioneers for Brazil. Since 2007, Liebherr and Porto Chibatão have been building upon a successful and growing business partnership. It has been characterized by a growth strategy that included an early adoption of Liebherr FCC and LBS type cranes at the port, trendsetting in the world.

Porto Chibatão today is the biggest private port and Liebherr port equipment customer in Latin America, featuring 42 different cranes, including gantry cranes, fixed cargo cranes, and barge-slewing cranes.


Completing the puzzle before the journey – crane parts are carefully stowed within the BBC Raise before the ship’s 5,690 nautical mile journey across the Atlantic to the customer in Brazil.


The port is 1500km from the Atlantic Ocean and spans an impressive one million square metres. Its static load capacity stands at a staggering 40,000 TEUs, demonstrating its ability to handle substantial cargo volumes with ease. The four LBS 800 are equipped for container handling and have a turnover of up to 35 containers per hour and can lift up to 104t. To accommodate improved visibility during operations, the cranes were also built with a tower extension. Based on the latest Liebherr mobile harbour crane design, the cranes also feature an updated interior cabin and a more digital architecture overall that paves the way for partial automation and future assistance systems.


For testing purposes before handoff to a client, LBS cranes are still mounted on the more common LHM undercarriage so they can be moved more easily.


The contract for the purchase of four cranes was signed during the Intermodal event in São Paulo in 2022. The cranes were delivered in September and are now part of a fleet of 16 barge-slewing cranes in operation at the port. Founded in 1987, Porto Chibatão plays a crucial role in the logistical operations and economic impact on the regional economy. It serves the Manaus industrial park, also known as the Manaus free trade zone, and is essential for processing increasing cargo volumes in the region.


Transportation of maritime cranes involves detailed planning. The stowage plan aims to minimize unused positions, avoid weight inversion, and decrease lashing force. Once a ship arrives in port, other activities for handling, sorting, and storage at the terminal go into operation.


Shipping and port logistics continue to play a key role in the global supply chain. Porto Chibatão’s berthing facility consists of 1,026m long floating pier or quay for embarking and disembarking ships coming from long-haul navigation and cabotage. It has the capacity to simultaneously operate eight vessels with drafts of up to 20m. Among the important shipping companies that use the harbour are

  • Hamburg Süd,
  • Maersk Mercosul Line,
  • Log-In,
  • CMA-CGM,
  • MSC,
  • and general cargo ships and steel products destined for the Manaus Industrial Pole.

Products include materials from the textile industry, electronics, and two-wheelers, among many other goods.


Successful handover in Brazil, as representatives from Liebherr and Porto Chibatão celebrate the arrival of the world’s largest harbour cranes over floating pier. (f.l.t.r.: Glauco Campos, Sales Executive at Liebherr; Jhony Fidélis, General Executive Director at Grupo Chibatão; Ângelo Maia Telles, Divisional Commercial Manager, at Liebherr; Kamila Santos, General Executive Directorship at Grupo Chibatão)


“As a leading port operator in Brazil, we are always looking for innovative solutions to improve our performance and sustainability,” notes Jhony Fidelis, General Executive Director of Grupo Chibatão. “These particular LBS 800 cranes from Liebherr are a perfect fit for our vision, as they offer high productivity and low emissions. We are proud to work with Liebherr, a company that shares our commitment to excellence and fostering environmental responsibility.”

In recent years, Porto Chibatão received the go-ahead from Antaq, Brazil’s ports and waterways regulatory agency, to move forward with its 98 million reais, about €18.3 million,expansion plan to lengthen the floating pier from 710m to 1,026m. The expansion is needed to process increasing cargo volumes in the Manaus industrial park.

The trend for transporting commodities is ultimately towards larger and more goods, overall. Successful ports orient themselves around an effective growth strategy. It’s been almost ten years since the first LBS 600 was delivered to Porto Chibatão. With the LBS 800, a new marker has been set, and the needs of the future can be effectively met, today.


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Porto Chibatão with the LBS600 cranes before lengthening the pier for  the arrival of the new LBS 800 cranes  – photograph courtesy of Porto Chibatão



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