First Liebherr LTM 1150-5.3 for Serbia

Serbian crane and special haulage contractor Beokran d.o.o. has added the first Liebherr LTM 1150-5.3 mobile crane to its fleet. The new 150 tonne crane will supplement the Belgrade- based company’s crane fleet between machines with lifting capacities of 130 and 200 tonnes. 

“The new LTM 1150-5.3 fits into our crane fleet perfectly between our LTM 1200-5.1 and the LTM 1130-5.1. The 150 tonne machine is now the second most powerful crane in our fleet”, said Goran Karanovic, founder and owner of the company based in the Serbian capital. “The 66 metre telescopic boom is perfect for erecting tower cranes. That was a very important criterion for us when we decided to buy the new crane.” 

The telescopic boom on the new LTM 1150-5.3 is six metres longer than the one on its predecessor, the LTM 1130-5.1. At the same length of 60 metres, the new 5-axle crane can hoist 12 tonnes when fully raised – 1.5 tonnes more than its predecessor. When fully extended to 66 metres, the new crane has a lifting capacity of over 9 tonnes. That makes it ideal for erecting tower cranes and radio masts. Lattice extensions enable the Liebherr 150 tonne crane to achieve hook heights of up to 92 metres and radii of up to 72 metres. A 7 metre lattice section is used as a boom extension for this purpose along with a 10.8 to 19 metre double folding jib. The latter can be adjusted hydraulically between 0° and 40°. 

The LTM 1150-5.3 is immediately ready for use when it reaches the site. This is because it carries nine tonnes of ballast whilst travelling at a gross weight of 60 tonnes and with an axle load of 12 tonnes. That means it can complete lots of jobs without requiring additional ballast transport vehicles. 

Goran Karanovic founded Beokran in 2007 with two small mobile cranes with lifting capacities of 8 and 20 tonnes. He continues: “As my budget was not enough for a new crane, I bought a used Liebherr LTM 1040/1. We renovated it, were successful and after a year we bought another LTM 1040/1 and an LTM 1060/2.” Today, Beokran employs 25 people and has eleven Liebherr mobile cranes with lifting capacities ranging from 40 to 200 tonnes as well as several special transport vehicles and loading cranes.