Italian crane contractor Gradito Oleodinamica used its 500 tonne capacity class Liebherr LR 1500 crawler crane to dismantle a large tunnel boring machine (TBM) on the Italian island of Sicily.
The tunnel boring machine had been used to widen a main road near Porto Empedocle and needed to be dismantled in restricted conditions. “The LR 1500 was ideal for this job as a result of its compact dimensions and remarkable flexibility,” said company owner Angiolino Gradito. “The constricted working conditions made moving and positioning the components, which weighed up to 370 tonnes, a real challenge. The sensitive Liebherr crane control was invaluable for this work.”
According to Liebherr, when designing the crane, it focussed on making it compact and powerful. Liebherr also said it designed the setup processes and crane operation to be as simple and economical as possible. Liebherr added that the crane’s transport weight of 46.7 tonnes means it can be transported around the world without restrictions.