The Duisburg Intermodal Terminal (DIT) in Germany recently tested the Liebherr Reach stacker LRS 545 during their daily operations.
The device made a remarkable impression, not only because of the advantageous design and the use of the latest technology, but also as a result of the much lower fuel consumption in comparison to other reach stackers.
With an annual transhipment of approximately 400,000 TEU, the seaport terminal (part of the Contargo Group) ranks among the major service companies in the Lower Rhine region.
As a modern trimodal hub terminal, combined with excellent railway connections to Southern Europe, DIT provides obvious advantages for the transportation of overseas containers. Thanks to the remarkable logistic network of the Contargo Group, the Duisburg terminal has the ability to combine different freight flows into competitive transport chains in an efficient way.
Currently, the DIT manages 10 reach stackers from various manufacturers in a three-shift-operation. Since mid-2017, their fleet also includes the Liebherr Reach stacker LRS 545. After a short period of testing, the port representatives and the operators were exceedingly satisfied with the overall performance of the machine, and were particularly impressed with its excellent visibility, thanks to its wedge shaped design, and high manoeuvrability, despite a wheelbase of 6.5 metres.
Another unique technical feature is a hydrostatic drive that enables the omission of wear-intensive parts, such as the gear or the cardan shaft.
The LRS 545 is known as one of the most technically innovative devices on the market, which is mainly due to the single-wheel drive on the front axle and the 230kW diesel engine (Stage IV / Tier 4 final).
If required, it is also possible to install a hybrid system (Pactronic) with a capacity of 110kW, which comes standard with LED luminaires for uniform illumination, even in difficult lighting conditions.
The Contargo Group is focused on environmentally compatible and resource-saving work practices. The organisation always strives for a balance between economy, ecology and social issues. By opting for the more fuel-efficient Liebherr reach stacker (which uses up to nine litres less fuel than other products), DIT is one of the pioneers towards sustainability within the group.
The supervision of the reach stacker is undertaken by a service subsidiary in Hamburg and a branch office in Oberhausen. In this way, it is possible to guarantee short reaction times and the best possible service to the customer.