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Liebherr’s peerless pier performance

Sönke Jordt's Liebherr LTM 1300-6.2 mobile crane completes a lift in Germany.

An LTM 1300-6.2 has showcased its flexibility and versatility by helping to construct a new, 230m-long pier in northern Germany.

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Due to rising sea levels, the existing 165m and 260m piers needed to be demolished and replaced by higher sea bridges, with German crane hire company Sönke Jordt Maschinen providing a lifting solution through its LTM 1300-6.2. The working conditions provided a challenge, according to Project Manager, Patrick Kellotat, with a storm surge from the Baltic Sea making life difficult for the operations team.

“I was fascinated by this project, as there were many factors to consider in advance,” he said. “Our team reacted quickly and flexibly to every situation, enabling us to successfully overcome all challenges.”

To complete the job, Sönke Jordt configured its LTM 1300-6.2 with 96 tonnes of counterweight and equipped it with a 70m long luffing jib for three weeks of the nine-week operation. Placing the crane on a nine-metre-wide specially constructed cofferdam that was located in the sea, the machine highlighted its ability to work in cramped, harsh conditions by successfully lifting pre-assembled steel construction elements and beams, with each weighing four tonnes.

The LTM 1300-6.2 possesses a maximum hook height of 114m and a maximum radius of 94m. The main appeal of the machine, however, is its innovative drive concept that sees the engine in the undercarriage powering the superstructure of the crane using a mechanical shaft. The single-engine concept reduces weight significantly, resulting in less fuel consumption, reduced maintenance costs, and higher lifting capacities due to its lower weight.


The new pier in Haffkrug will be 230m long – and therefore 65m longer than the old one. The deployment of the LTM 1300-6.3 was completed at the end of the February, with the project set to be completed in mid-2024 – just in time for the European summer, allowing visitors to stroll out to the sea.

Sönke Jordt Maschinen has been using Liebherr’s cranes for twelve years, providing traditional crane hire, assembly, and dismantling services in the industrial sector, as well as offering towing and transport services.

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