Tandem hoist for enormous motors

29 May 2019


Two Liebherr LTM 1450-8.1 mobile cranes performed tandem hoists to load motors designed for power generation onto a freighter at the heavy load quay of the Heilbronn industrial port facility in Germany.

For one of the machines, this was its first ever job. Belonging to Scholpp Kran & Transport, the crane was driven straight to the site from the Liebherr crane factory in Ehingen. At the industrial port facility, it was joined by a blue LTM 1450-8.1 operated by MSG-Krandienst.

The two cranes hoisted the motors weighing around 165t into the cargo space of the barge. Manufactured by mechanical engineering company MAN in Augsburg, the massive units had covered the route to Heilbronn over the course of three nights on country roads. The load then had to be transported to Mannheim by waterway from Heilbronn as there were no overland routes with sufficient load capacity to its final destination.

The first job for the new addition to its crane fleet arrived sooner than expected for Scholpp. That meant that the crane personnel training in Ehingen had to be stopped after two days and continued on the heavy load quay in Heilbronn. Liebherr service engineer Tobias Hunger provided advice and support for the two crane operators, first during training at the factory site and then during their first job with the new machine.

Scholpp has stationed the new LTM 1450-8.1 at its Stuttgart site. In addition to handling and crane work of all types, the modern mobile crane, with its 85m telescopic boom, will also frequently be tasked with erecting tower cranes.