HANSA HEAVY LIFT moves fully assembled Liebherr cranes from Ireland to the UK

The shipment caps off more than a dozen projects HANSA HEAVY LIFT has carried out for Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd since 2011 

Hamburg, Germany, Tuesday, 25th September 2018 – HANSA HEAVY LIFT has successfully transported two fully-assembled ship-to-shore (STS) container gantry cranes for Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd, picking them up in the DSG Terminal, Port of Cork, Ireland, before discharging them at the Port of Hull, UK.  

The shipment took place aboard HHL Lagos and was the first time Liebherr’s gantry cranes had been transported fully-assembled via a lift-on and lift-off method on a heavy lift vessel. The cranes measured 81.4 metres by 30.3 metres by 57.3 metres. 

“This was a complex project where in-depth engineering knowledge and operational expertise was an absolute requirement throughout all stages,” said Emek Ersin Takmaz, Head of Projects, Engineering Department, HANSA HEAVY LIFT.  

“Paying close attention to every detail, whilst working hand-in-hand with our customer from the beginning, as well as successful cooperation on site, helped us to eliminate any possible risks and allowed us to execute the project seamlessly as planned.” 

Prior to the start of the voyage, engineering teams from both HANSA HEAVY LIFT and Liebherr worked together to design tailor-made seafastening and loadspreading structures, as well as special rigging arrangements for loading and discharge operations. 

At the DSG Terminal, Port of Cork, the STS cranes were moved alongside using self-propelled modular transporters. Once lifted onboard, the first of two STS cranes was pulled to the forward end of the hatch covers, followed by the second crane being lifted directly into its stowage position in the cargo hold. 

The cranes were discharged directly onto the rails at the Port of Hull. 

Andre Milschus, Managing Director, HBB Hanseatic Break Bulk GmbH, said this was a landmark project for Liebherr, as it was the first time fully erected STS cranes were transported via a lift-on and lift-off method on a heavy lift vessel after being built in Ireland.  

Denis Doolan, Transport and Shipping Manager of Liebherr Container Cranes added “This project was quite a challenging one from a logistics point of view and one which took months in the planning. The success of this shipment was mainly attributed to the professionalism, teamwork and planning of the engineers of both Liebherr container cranes and HANSA HEAVY LIFT. Liebherr strive to develop different options of delivery to our clients worldwide and this shipment was another example of our drive to deliver top quality product by various different methods. “  


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Pictures caption – HANSA HEAVY LIFT has successfully transported two fully-assembled ship-to-shore (STS) container gantry cranes for Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd. from Ireland to the UK. 











HANSA HEAVY LIFT GmbH is the carrier of choice for the super heavy lift 900+ metric tonnes industry, delivering best-in-class engineering solutions to customers, particularly in the subsea, oil and gas, as well as the offshore wind farm sectors.

The company is a world market leader in the heavy lift business and operates a modern fleet of 14 vessels which is one of the youngest fleets in the market.

The Team is committed to quality, reliability and a customer focused service. Customers’ cargoes are handled with the highest degree of safety and professionalism worldwide.

HANSA HEAVY LIFT is wholly owned by funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. Oaktree is a leader among global investment managers specialising in alternative investments, with $100 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2017.

The firm emphasises a value-oriented and risk-controlled approach to investments.


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