Beokran takes delivery of Liebherr LTM 1150-5.3 mobile crane

Crane and special haulage contractor Beokran d.o.o. has taken delivery of the first Liebherr
LTM 1150-5.3 mobile crane in Serbia. The new 150 tonne crane will supplement the Belgrade- based company’s crane fleet between machines with lifting capacities of 130 and 200 tonnes. The 66 metre telescopic boom was an important criterion behind the decision.

Ehingen (Donau) (Germany), 9 May 2022 – “The new LTM 1150-5.3 fits into our crane fleet perfectly between our LTM 1200-5.1 and the LTM 1130-5.1. The 150 tonne machine is now the second most powerful crane in our fleet”, says Goran Karanovic, founder and owner of the company based in the Serbian capital. “The 66 metre telescopic boom is perfect for erecting tower cranes. That was a very important criterion for us when we decided to buy the new crane.”

Long, powerful telescopic boom

The telescopic boom on the new LTM 1150-5.3 is six metres longer than the one on its predecessor, the LTM 1130-5.1. At the same length of 60 metres, the new 5-axle crane can hoist 12 tonnes when fully raised – 1.5 tonnes more than its predecessor. When fully extended to 66 metres, the new crane has a lifting capacity of over 9 tonnes. That makes it perfect for erecting tower cranes and radio masts. Lattice extensions enable the Liebherr 150 tonne crane to achieve hook heights of up to 92 metres and radii of up to 72 metres. A 7 metre lattice section is used as a boom extension for this purpose along with a 10.8 to 19 metre double folding jib. The latter can be adjusted hydraulically between 0° and 40°.

The LTM 1150-5.3 is immediately ready for use when it reaches the site. This is because it carries nine tonnes of ballast whilst travelling at a gross weight of 60 tonnes and with an axle load of 12 tonnes. That means it can complete lots of jobs without requiring additional ballast transport vehicles. That saves time and money.

Goran Karanovic founded Beokran in 2007 with two small mobile cranes with lifting capacities of 8 and 20 tonnes. He continues: “As my budget was not enough for a new crane, I bought a used Liebherr LTM 1040/1. We renovated it, were successful and after a year we bought another LTM 1040/1 and an LTM 1060/2.” Today, Beokran employs 25 people and has eleven Liebherr mobile cranes with lifting capacities ranging from 40 to 200 tonnes as well as several special transport vehicles and loading cranes.

“Liebherr provides excellent service along with its Serbian partner, DS Inženjering. The high level of quality and service has minimised the downtimes of our cranes. Beokran builds on the Liebherr brand”, adds Karanovic.

Sarens installs the first prototype of the innovative Seawing

Contributing to a greener environment, Sarens installed the first ever prototype of the fully automated kite – Seawing on the RoRo vessel, Ville de Bordeaux in La Rochelle, France.

Seawing, developed by Airseas, is a 500m² parafoil which flies at an altitude of 200m and harnesses wind power to provide traction and is estimated to reduce fuel consumption and emissions from cargo ships by up to 40 percent.

The first prototype of the Seawing was installed in December 2021 on the Ro-Ro shipping commercial vessel, Ville de Bordeaux, which transports major aircraft components between France and the US. The Seawing will be tested on this vessel for six months starting January 2022.

Sarens SL3800 successfully completed the single-object lift and installation of the Seawing weighing 120T on the vessel in open water. The team had to address the following challenges before lifting:

  • Due to heavy wind on-site, the crew got only a four hour window to perform the lift.
  • The tides (± 6m) and waves affected the stability of the vessel.
  • Since it is the first prototype of the Seawing being installed, the exact centre of gravity and symmetry was unclear.
  • Limited ground bearing pressure of 7.5T/m2

The SL3800 and two layers of wooden mats were deployed to manage the ground bearing pressure. By providing extra rigging equipment and performing a test lift, Sarens was able to level the Seawing within a tolerance of 10cm. During a perfect wind-window, the crawler crane smoothly and precisely lifted and positioned the load.

According to the Project Manager, Koen Rooms, “Sarens is glad to perform this unique lift as part of the innovative technology developed to harness green energy.”


“It almost seems as though the Tadano AC 4.080-1 was made for us specifically – the cutting-edge crane is simply perfect for our fleet,” explains Manfred Härzschel, founder of the Cloppenburg-based crane company of the same name, while picking up his new crane. And he is right in saying that the new AC 4.080-1 is a state-of-the-art machine – from its compliance with EU Stage V emission standards, through the innovative IC‑1 Plus crane control system, all the way to an outstanding lifting capacity, the crane is clearly ahead of the pack. That is why the people at Härzschel did not wait long and instead made sure to get their hands on the world’s very first delivery of the brand new model, which was handed over by Tadano Sales Manager Thorsten Dietzel.

It is worth pointing out that the Tadano brand has been closely tied to Härzschel ever since the latter was founded in 1997. In fact, the company’s fleet is made up entirely of Tadano cranes. “The reliable and powerful cranes made by them have played an indispensable role in the successful growth and development of our company from the very beginning,” Manfred Härzschel reports.

Throughout the years, Härzschel has diversified its operations and currently also operates a high-bay warehouse with state-of-the-art equipment and around 2000 pallet storage locations for short-term and long-term storage that are available to both industrial and private customers. With its comprehensive service portfolio, which includes obtaining permits for road and transport operations, road securing service, construction site inspection and project support for industrial and construction companies Härzschel has earned a sterling reputation as a reliable partner for customers across the entire region. Härzschel has further extended its service range by the rental of truck-mounted aerial work platforms.

All-rounder for a broad range of applications

“The new Tadano AC 4.080-1 will be invaluable to us as we keep expanding our business activities in a number of areas,” says Manfred Härzschel confidently before adding that he is planning to use the new crane as a versatile all-rounder for private customers and industrial projects. And he did not wait long to stick to that plan: The Tadano AC 4.080-1 went to its first work site on the very first business day after it was delivered.

Skyjack announces new additions to Vertikal Days display

Skyjack has turned their focus to safety at this year’s Vertikal Days in Peterborough, UK with the addition of the brand new XStep and the introduction of the Secondary Guarding Lift Enable (SGLE) feature to the company’s display. Now, in addition to the new SJ12 E/16 E Vertical Masts, the SJ45 AJ+ and SJ60 AJ+ articulating booms, visitors to stand 100 will be able to get a hands-on look at the new XStep and the award nominated SGLE secondary guarding system for scissors and vertical masts.


Through industry research and observations, it was commonplace to see operators standing on railings to gain a little more height to access small areas. For example, standing on the railings to obtain access through suspended ceiling tiles.

Using Skyjack’s XStep helps eliminate this dangerous practice and maximizes reach and productivity by providing operators with safe, increased access into and around tight, restricted spaces and avoids the elevated risk of falling from the platform.

The XStep consists of a swing down base with full height railings that in turn is securely mounted on the mid-rails of the scissor lift. The operator can step up (48cm) into the XStep, close the top rail and work safely gaining extra jobsite access.

Important in the design has been the ability for one person to install the XStep using no special tools or lifting equipment and to do so in five minutes. It is retrofittable to previous Skyjack DC scissor models and can easily be moved from one scissor to another, increasing a rental company’s fleet flexibility.

In summary Skyjack’s Xstep offers:

• All round fall protection.

• Access to controls.

• Simple installation.

• Increased productivity.

• Suitable for the current generation of SJ3215 and SJ3219 DC scissors and can easily be moved between units, further increasing fleet flexibility.


In 2022 industry groups continue to highlight the fact that in some circumstances, conditions, and operations might result in inadvertent contact with obstructions and consequently an entrapment hazard.

As a result, a form of secondary guarding is now being requested on scissor lifts and vertical mast lifts by some equipment users.

Skyjack recognises there is no single best solution to help reduce the risk of entrapment and much depends upon a specific job site risk assessment to determine the most appropriate solution for any need or application.

The development of Skyjack’s Secondary Guarding Lift Enable (SGLE) addresses this issue and helps to reduce these risks. The simple to use and unobtrusive SGLE provides a robust control box with a shroud to provide additional guarding of controls, reducing the risk of unintended actuation. Two-handed operation is required to lift the machine, maintaining the operator’s body in an upright position and away from the railings, mitigating the risk of entrapment.

In summary Skyjack’s SGLE:

• Promotes correct operator positioning.

• Is tamper resistant.

• Is simple to use and unobtrusive.

• Suitable for Mast, DC, and RT scissors (old and new generation).

The new SJ12 E/16 E Vertical Masts feature working heights ranging from 5.65m to 6.75m, fully proportional drive and lift controls, direct AC variable speed electric drive which provides up to 30% duty cycle improvement, improved controllability, and consistent torque, with 70% less hydraulic connections.

In addition, the new inverted telescopic mast incorporates a multi-stage hydraulic cylinder which eliminates chains, cables, and rollers to reduce maintenance.

Like the previous generation the mast is located at the rear to provide a totally unrestricted view and excellent manoeuvrability with a zero inside steering radius.

The top of the mast is now in line with the platform rails, which when traversed, provides up to 0.41m up-and-over capability. On-board diagnostics provide real-time information in plain, simple language readouts and the lift up maintenance hatch offers easy, unrestricted access to all major components and batteries for routine servicing.

The SJ12 E and SJ16 E are one of the first Skyjack products to feature the company’s ECO label offering a 15 per cent operational carbon saving compared to previous models.

SJ45 AJ+ / SJ60 AJ+

The low weight, SJ45 AJ+ and SJ60 AJ+ offer high capacities up to 454kg with three persons. These machines feature SMARTORQUETM technology, which combines optimised gearing, Skyjack’s AXLDRIVETM, 25hp Kubota engines, and simplified high efficiency hydraulics, to deliver the necessary torque and performance normally found in larger engines.

This eliminates Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF), Oxidation Catalyst, and other active exhaust after treatments for Stage V regulations, reducing both maintenance costs and fuel consumption.

These booms also feature EASYDRIVETM, the unique direction sensing drive and steer system. AXLDRIVETM for superior traction with low maintenance and SKYRISERTM for true vertical rise.

The SJ60 AJ+ also includes SPEEDYREACHTM which offers the speed of a straight boom with the flexibility of an articulating boom.

All Skyjack products feature ELEVATE Live which provides easy access to machine-specific information. For example, emergency lowering procedure, visual pre-check guide, familiarization videos, via a QR code (no app or password required).

This can be further enhanced with full ELEVATE telematics and BMS which will provide additional data such as battery charging guide, battery life remaining, active fault codes, etc.

Vertikal Days are held at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, UK from May 11 – 12, 2022

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