Liebherr dredging package gets the job done in Florida

Earlier this year, Brance Diversified, Inc. (BDI) utilized the Liebherr HS 8100.1 duty cycle crawler crane for dredging work off the coast of Florida.

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The company spent approximately two months dredging 50,000 cubic yards in Jacksonville, FL. BDI chose to use their Liebherr HS 8100.1 crane to complete this job due to its reliability, excellent clamshell barge charts and efficient production.

“We chose the HS 8100.1 because of its powerful 523 hp engine, 61,800 lbs. line pull winches, low noise emission and low fuel consumption” said BDI’s President, Lance Young. The hydraulic crawler crane has a Liebherr diesel engine which complies with Tier 4 regulations supporting BDI’s mission of being an environmentally safe company.

BDI’s machine includes Liebherr’s GrabMatic® System which assists operators in clamshell projects. It visually aids the operator with optimized grab closing including level cutting and shows the machine’s inclination up to 40 on the operator’s monitor, as well as records cycles and turnover.

“These systems increase safety, minimize rope wear and significantly increase turnover/production, allowing our customers to dredge larger projects faster and more efficiently” commented Wolfgang Herzog, Liebherr USA, Co. Crawler Cranes and Deep Foundation Machines, VP Sales South East & Caribbean.

BDI also added a lighting package for dusk/night work as the crawler crane operated for 10-12 hours a day throughout various light conditions handling materials such as sand and silt.