Liebherr goes green at new Scottish Freeport

L-R: Lyle Sibbald (Liebherr regional sales manager); Cameron Coutts (MD, GCS); Richard Everist (MD Liebherr-GB); and David Weston (operations director, GCS)

A 220-tonne crane is the latest arrival at an energy services group as it continues the multi-million-pound expansion of its Liebherr lifting fleet.

Global Crane Services (GCS) said the new LTR 1220 telescopic crawler – part of an order for 11 machines – will support its drive to service a wider range of applications and customers across the country.

Strengthening a fleet already dominated by Liebherr, some of the new arrivals will be deployed at one of Scotland’s new ‘green’ Freeports announced in January by the UK and Scottish Governments.

Liebherr said the LTR 1220 combines the ‘best features’ of crawler and telescopic cranes, namely ‘outstanding’ off-the-road handling and manoeuvrability, fast set-up and ‘simpler’ transport. The manufactuer explained that the fully automated telescopic boom is quickly extended and retracted and the crane can travel with a full load on the hook. As it’s self-erecting there’s no requirement for an auxiliary crane.

Operating through four depots, GCS is a division of Global Port Services Scotland and operates a fleet of mobile, crawler and strut jib cranes from 35t upwards. Machines included in the latest Liebherr package range from an 800t capacity LTM 1750-9.1 down to a 60-tonner.

GCS recently launched a commissioning and installation (C&I) division – Global Wind Projects – for the renewables sector and said Liebherr equipment would have a crucial role to play as the business aims to become one of the UK and Ireland’s leading providers of on and off-shore turbine installation services.

Inverness and Cromarty Firth was recently confirmed as one of two ‘green’ Freeports in Scotland. Plans include generating £4.8 billion worth of investment in the area with a focus on floating offshore wind, nuclear and hydrogen.