Liebherr presented its latest innovation for the offshore crane market – the RL-K 2600 with a lifting capacity of up to 50-tonnes, which is the latest in its ram luffing knuckle boom crane series – at the ONS (Offshore North Sea) exhibition 2018 in Norway.
Since space on deck is an increasingly important issue in the offshore sector, Liebherr has developed a new solution that meets the customers’ requirements with its very compact design.
With a small tail swing radius of less than 3m, the new RL-K 2600 significantly reduces restriction on freedom of movement on platforms and vessels, thereby the number of possible applications will be increased. The small tail swing radius is being ensured by the space saving knuckle boom design without machinery house.
Optionally, the crane can be equipped with a new developed path control, an assistant system for optimisation of crane movements. The feature considers further safety aspects and thereby supports the crane driver when operating within restricted areas.
Because of the possibility to equip the crane with either hook or a riser/gripper, the RL-K 2600 also covers pipe handling tasks, which makes the crane applicable on both fixed platforms, as well as vessels such as drill ships.
A further advantage of the crane is its lightweight construction and its ability to operate in the harshest of weather conditions, such as in arctic environmental conditions.
Liebherr says that the addition of the RL-K 2600 to the company’s portfolio underlines its strategy to implement customer requirements, while also focusing on future markets.