Liebherr workbarge crane gets more than a facelift

The Liebherr CBG360, an improved structure and maintenance attributes The Liebherr CBG360, an improved structure and maintenance attributes

For years a Liebherr CBG350 workbarge-mounted, four-rope grab crane was the preferred solution for picking up bulk from incoming ships, lightening the big vessels’ load. And it sold well: more than 200 units have left the factory gates since 2005.

But it was high time for an upgrade: the CBG360 has an extra metre of outreach and a 48t grab capability, 60t on the hook.

However, there’s much more to the new design. The 360 model is meatier all round, explained Gunther Ribeiro-Vinzenz, and therefore more robust: “We have improved the structure with thicker steel plate, so that’s increased the lifetime of the crane,” he said. The winches are single-layer varieties, better for keeping the hoisting ropes in good condition and there’s also been an increase in the diameter of both the luffing and hoisting lines and pulleys.

On top of this, “there are a lot of extra details” that have found their way into the design of the CBG360, he explained, partly because these cranes typically work in remote locations “so the main focus is total cost of ownership, customers want a very reliable solution”.

As ease of maintenance is high on the list of necessary attributes, Liebherr has integrated a centralised greasing system. Further, the new design’s incorporated maintenance platforms both on the slewing column and on the chip head and usefully, Ribeiro-Vinzenz told MJ, “we can also supply a tool that will allow for an easy exchange of rope pulleys”.

There’s a degree more comfort too in the cabin, which has benefited from the same upgrade that’s been rolled out across Liebherr’s entire bulk crane range: “It’s bigger, and the layout has been changed, along with the joysticks,” he added. More, the extended cabin yields more visibility.

Finally, the new model can work in the open sea as well as in sheltered waters, since Liebherr’s own Litronic control system monitors heel and trim and responds with the appropriate programme in critical situations.

The company has already sold ten since its launch earlier this year and its living up to its tag for remote areas: the very first sold went into the Black Sea-Asov Sea region, while others will be operating in West Africa.

By Stevie Knight

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