Press releases | 04/20/2023 Premiere in the Port of Rostock: Sarens takes delivery of the first Liebherr LR 12500-1.0 crawler crane

  • Sarens convinced by performance and concept of new crawler crane
  • Focus on operations in the renewable energy sector
  • LR 12500-1.0 will handle in tandem strokes with LR 1800-1.0 monopiles weighing over 1,400 tonnes

The crane and heavy lifting company Sarens took delivery of the first unit of the new Liebherr LR 12500-1.0 crawler crane at the Port of Rostock on 1 April. Sophie Albrecht, Member of the Board of Liebherr International AG, handed over the symbolic key to Marc Sarens, Director & Member of the Board at Sarens. The globally active Belgian company will use the new Liebherr 2,500-tonne crawler crane primarily in the renewable energy sector, for example for handling offshore wind turbines.

Sophie Albrecht (Member of the Board of Liebherr International AG) hands over the symbolic key of the LR 12500-1.0 to Marc Sarens.

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Hendrik Sanders, project planner for large cranes, is pleased about the naming "Straffen Hendrik" in his honour.

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For Sarens, the high capacity of the new Liebherr LR 12500-1.0 was the decisive criterion in purchasing the 2,500-tonne crane. Carl Sarens, Director Technical Solutions, Projects & Engineering says: "The capacity of the LR 12500-1.0 is enormous. Operations in the renewable energy sector, such as here in Rostock, are a particular focus for the crawler crane. The handling of offshore wind turbines in ports is becoming more and more important and the individual weights of the components are constantly increasing. The initial assembly of the new crane worked very well."

During the symbolic handover of the keys to the LR 12500-1.0, Sophie Albrecht, who is responsible for the mobile and crawler crane division within the Liebherr Group, among other things, mentioned an interesting detail: "Today would have been the 108th birthday of my grandfather and company founder Hans Liebherr."

Sarens has given the new crawler crane its own name and dedicated it to a long-time employee: "Straffen Hendrik". The Flemish word "straffen", meaning strength, goodness, robustness, characterises the experienced employee Hendrik Sanders. He has been working for the Belgian company for more than 30 years and is responsible for large cranes as a project planner.

In the port of Rostock, the LR 12500-1.0 will lift 50 monopiles with a diameter of up to nine metres, a length of up to 90 metres and a weight of more than 1,400 tonnes into the water in tandem lifts with a Liebherr LR 1800-1.0 over a period of about eight weeks. Including load handling attachments, the two cranes have gross loads of up to 1,750 tonnes to move. The monopiles, huge foundations for offshore wind turbines, will then be pulled afloat to a special ship, which will then take them to the Baltic Eagle offshore wind farm, which is currently under construction. It is located about 30 kilometres north of the island of Rügen.


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Crawler crane LR 12500-1.0


Wolfgang Beringer

Marketing and Communication

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