Maritime Cranes

Following a most welcome increase in 2014, the maritime cranes division recorded a turnover at approximately the same level in 2015. Sales revenue totalled 964 million €, a slight drop of 24 million € or 2.4 %.

The division achieved distinct growth in Eastern Europe, an area in which, in contrast to the general pattern of economic development, Russia proved to be an especially dynamic market. In the Far East / Australian region, on the other hand, sales revenue did not reach the previous year’s total. The business year as a whole was very satisfactory on the American continent: turnover grew strongly in the USA and Chile but was lower in Brazil and Canada.

In Western Europe, turnover was slightly above the previous year’s figure. Considerably more business was obtained with mobile harbour cranes, especially in the Netherlands, Spain and Great Britain. In Africa, overall turnover decreased.

Liebherr was able to maintain its clear position as world market leader despite a drop in turnover from mobile harbor cranes. In the classic ship crane area, excess fleet capacity continued to depress demand to a below-average level. Results from the strongly contended heavy-duty ship crane area were rather more gratifying, with some individual high-volume orders being received. In the market segment for ship-to-shore container cranes, a trend toward more powerful cranes with longer booms and greater lifting heights was recorded. Liebherr secured large-volume orders and therefore succeeded in maintaining its satisfactory market position.

Sales of floating and portal cranes remained weak on the important Indian and Indonesian markets in 2015. The continual drop in the price of oil had an adverse effect on the offshore crane category, with some major projects being postponed indefinitely. Nonetheless, the thousandth Liebherr offshore crane, a Type RL-K 4200 subsea crane, was ordered in the summer of 2015.

New customers were secured in the various product areas last year and new markets accessed. For example, the first ship-to-shore container cranes were supplied to Mexico, India and Puerto Rico.

The division achieved distinct growth in Eastern Europe, an area in which, in contrast to the general pattern of economic development, Russia proved to be an especially dynamic market. In the Far East / Australian region, on the other hand, sales revenue did not reach the previous year’s total. The business year as a whole was very satisfactory on the American continent: turnover grew strongly in the USA and Chile but was lower in Brazil and Canada.

In Western Europe, turnover was slightly above the previous year’s figure. Considerably more business was obtained with mobile harbour cranes, especially in the Netherlands, Spain and Great Britain. In Africa, overall turnover decreased.

Liebherr was able to maintain its clear position as world market leader despite a drop in turnover from mobile harbor cranes. In the classic ship crane area, excess fleet capacity continued to depress demand to a below-average level. Results from the strongly contended heavy-duty ship crane area were rather more gratifying, with some individual high-volume orders being received. In the market segment for ship-to-shore container cranes, a trend toward more powerful cranes with longer booms and greater lifting heights was recorded. Liebherr secured large-volume orders and therefore succeeded in maintaining its satisfactory market position.

Sales of floating and portal cranes remained weak on the important Indian and Indonesian markets in 2015. The continual drop in the price of oil had an adverse effect on the offshore crane category, with some major projects being postponed indefinitely. Nonetheless, the thousandth Liebherr offshore crane, a Type RL-K 4200 subsea crane, was ordered in the summer of 2015.

New customers were secured in the various product areas last year and new markets accessed. For example, the first ship-to-shore container cranes were supplied to Mexico, India and Puerto Rico.

At the “TOC Europe” in Rotterdam, Netherlands, the most important maritime trade fair, the LRS 545 reachstacker was exhibited for the first time. Powered by a 270-kW diesel engine, this freight handling machine can stack up to five high containers in the first row, and lift up to 45 tonnes. Pre-series versions were built toward the end of 2015 and made available to selected customers for testing. Deliveries of the first serial reachstackers, some with a hybrid driveline option, will start in mid-2016.

A significant order was received from Sydney, Australia, for three container cranes with articulated booms to customer’s special order. They have an outreach of 57 m and a lifting height of 45 m, and among other innovations, feature an anti-swing system that makes automatic loading cycles possible. A ship-to-shore container crane with articulated boom, used at Sydney harbour for the first time, enables this large crane to operate near the airport, where height restrictions apply. The crane has also been prepared for optional automation of the load handling cycle.

For container handling gantries and stacking cranes, Liebherr has developed a new-generation all-electric driveline using liquid-cooled frequency converters. Intended specifically for the crane industry, it is strongly built and versatile. Its modular-element design minimises maintenance and spare part costs and results in higher crane availability.

Investments were mainly allocated to Rostock, Germany, and Killarney, Ireland: at both these locations there was increased investment in production areas. In addition, construction of a dispatch building began at the port of Fenit, Ireland.

Within the division, there was a major organisational change: activities in the maritime product area were moved from Nenzing, Austria, to Rostock. A further milestone was reached in January 2016, when the main sales and design work was transferred to Rostock.

In the current year, the ship crane area is expected to continue its moderate growth, this being determined by continued over-capacity on the world’s sea routes. In view of the low price of oil, a noticeable revival of the offshore market is to be anticipated only in the medium term. Liebherr expects turnover from dockside handling machines to reach a similar level to the previous business year.

Product range Maritime Cranes

Liebherr's Maritime Cranes division supplies an extensive range of products for all kinds of goods handling in ports and offshore.