NAVINGO interviewed Iwan Scholte, Sales Manager from Liebherr, at this year’s Offshore Energy Conference and Exhibition in the Netherlands.
Regarding the company’s development plans for the offshore sector, Mr. Scholte said that they have built a new offshore crane, which has not yet been purchased and will be available on the market this year. The company will hold a Customer Day in Rostock in January, bringing clients from Europe and Asia to a crane exhibition.
When asked about the latest achievements, Mr. Scholte explained that Liebherr’s business has experienced growth in the last couple of years and that the same is predicted for the coming years. Harbour and offshore cranes are to greatly contribute to the company’s growth, as their manufacturing is expected to increase.
Liebherr saw a great success in offshore wind market this year, with its CAL 64000-1500 Litronic® heavy lift offshore crane. This special crane saves deck space and is installed on “Innovation”, the offshore wind installation vessel. All of the components for such cranes are produced by Liebherr.
With regard to the predictions for offshore wind market, Iwan Schlote sees good opportunity and further expansion in the sector, with confidence in being crane supplier for future installation vessels.
Even though U.S. offshore wind market is still in its infancy phase, Offshore WIND was curious about Liebherr’s aspirations of becoming a competitive player there. Being globally present, with subsidiaries and production sites in the U.S. as well, the company sees itself as an installation crane supplier for that market, too.
World Maritime News Staff, October 24, 2012