Liebherr has introduced a new efficient, low emission mobile harbour crane, the LHM 550, following its successful test and evaluation trials at the port of Odense in Denmark, where it is still working on routine port handling duties. The Liebherr LHM 550 has been designed for all types of general cargo, containers and bulk commodities with its 74 metre lifting height and 150 tonne capacity.
“The mobility and outreach of the LHM 550 provides new and flexible possibilities,” said Ole Kristiansen, production manager of H J Hansen one of the leading recycling companies in Denmark. “The crane helped complete a task that would usually take 72 hours in as little as 48 hours.”
The LHM 550 incorporates a new hybrid drive system which charges by regenerating power while lowering the load. The energy accumulated is then transferred back into the system for use when hoisting. With the ability to conserve and transfer energy combined with its reduced CO2 emissions, the LHM 550 is said to be one of the most efficient energy systems currently on the market.
Liebherr’s overall aim with the new crane is to achieve more production with less fuel and see it as an essential milestone on the way to effective and efficient, low emission cargo handling.