Under the watchful eye of a delegation of the directors of Liebherr Nederland and the Board of Directors of Royal Wagenborg, Brian Geerdink and Wouter Smit, the permanent operator team of the new flagship, received the keys of “their” new crane. Both have earned their spurs as crane operators, but were visibly impressed by this official act. The honking of the new acquisition that followed could be heard for miles around!
The delivery of this 700-tonne powerhouse is part of the sustainable partnership program Wagenborg and Liebherr embarked on in 2021, in which both companies joined forces to regenerate and increase the sustainability of the Wagenborg Nedlift crane fleet.
Liebherr is supplying some 25 new cranes to replace older machines from Wagenborg Nedlift's fleet under this partnership program. Old lifting and drive technology is thus replaced by new technology, resulting in a considerable CO2 and nitrogen reduction. The regeneration of the crane fleet is thus entirely in line with Wagenborg's sustainability strategy, which defines specific sustainability targets up to 2050.
The LTM 1650-8.1 is a machine from Liebherr’s top class models. First of all, the crane is equipped with Liebherr's state-of-the-art technologies for mobile cranes, such as VarioBallast®, a system for adjusting the counterweight radius. VarioBase®, Liebherr's variable outrigger system, is also installed on the new crane. Of course, it also features EcoDrive technology, making the crane considerably more comfortable and quieter by reducing its engine speed.
In terms of mast length, the 8-axle newcomer is certainly a champion: the crane is equipped with an 80-metre main boom. The 54-metre main boom and 110-metre luffing jib configuration even allows for a hook height of no less than 152 metres!
Therefore, the LTM 1650-8.1 is truly a powerful, versatile and flexibly deployable acquisition for Wagenborg Nedlift.
A mobile crane of this capacity never comes on its own. At least two trailers with counterweight and lifting tools complete the convoy. Nooteboom Trailers took care of the delivery of two modern 7-axle semi-trailers, which are fitted with an extra-long loading floor and fully equipped as per Wagenborg Nedlift's specifications.