Liebherr LS 800 Heavy Lift Ship Cranes Ordered for "Orca" Project Vessels – Heavy Lift News
13 Oct 2022

Liebherr LS 800 Heavy Lift Ship Cranes Ordered for “Orca” Project Vessels

SAL Heavy Lift orders eight all-electric heavy lift ship cranes type LS 800 E. As part of the future-oriented “Orca” project, two cranes will be installed on each of SAL’s four vessel newbuildings. By combining the capacity of both cranes in tandem mode, cargoes of up to 1,600t can be handled. The innovative ship cranes will make it possible to lift components of the future project cargo while being prepared for the increasing environmental protection requirements.

The LS 800 E is the latest innovation of Liebherr’s heavy lift ship crane portfolio. The recently launched crane is designed for the ever heavier and larger cargo. Moreover, the all-electric drive concept supports vessel operators in saving CO2 emissions.

The order of the first LS 800 E ship cranes marks the beginning of a new phase in the long-term partnership between the Harren Group and Liebherr. At the same time, it is SAL Heavy Lift’s first newbuilding project with Liebherr. The two family-run companies have been cooperating since the start of this new project for four multipurpose heavy lift vessels.

The crane manufacturer was actively involved in the development from day 1. Since the “Orca” class of ship breaks new ground in many respects and will significantly raise the bar in the relevant transport segment, the crane developers were also challenged to rethink many details in addition to general requirements, and performance parameters and to make their contribution to the efficiency and innovation of the ship concept. The result is a perfectly coordinated unit of crane and vessel that enables maximum efficiency and performance.

Apart from fulfilling the demanding operational requirements and different cargo scenarios, the new Liebherr Ship Cranes enable significant savings in smart interaction with the innovations on the ship side. The new LS 800 E actively communicates with the ship’s power management system and thus enables intelligent energy utilisation. Recovered energy is fed back into the ship’s energy system and stored so that it can be released when energy consumption is high again. This leads to a noticeably reduced fuel consumption and a considerable reduction of CO2 emissions on the “ORCA” ships. The entire power electronics of the drive system are installed inside the cranes. This allows the limited space below deck to be used for other purposes and noticeable facilitates the integration of the crane into the ship’s design.


The LS 800 E has a lifting capacity of up to 800t and a total radius of 39m.


The integration of the entire drive concept inside the crane also significantly increases the durability of the components, as they are protected from the weather. “The reliability of the cranes is extremely important for heavy lift vessels. They must function for the entire life of the vessel. The family-run company Liebherr offers a convincing overall package for this, thanks to its wide-ranging product and technology knowledge as well as its worldwide service network”, explains Dr Martin Harren, CEO of the Harren Group.

The vessels have been developed in close cooperation with SAL’s joint venture partner, Jumbo Shipping, based in Schiedam, The Netherlands.


From posted on 8 September 2022


Source Liebherr / HLN

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