Major French Port Orders Liebherr Reachstackers

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The river port of Lyon, one of the highest turnover ports in the region, is set to receive two new Liebherr Reachstackers — with the first unit being delivered in May.

The two new units are expected to come into operation at the terminal by the end of the year.

Due to its strategic location on the Rhone River and its direct connection to the Mediterranean Sea, the Lyon terminal handles a large amount of cargo — achieving a total turnover of approximately 137,000 TEUs in 2017.

With its infrastructure and constantly growing traffic volume, the terminal is the first multimodal platform in the province — furthermore, the French logistic company is well known as a European rail terminal, which can handle 20’ and 40’ containers up to semi-trailers.

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The two Reachstacker LRS 545 Toplift are expected to increase the terminals efficiency substantially.

With a maximum lifting capacity of up to 45 tonnes, the reachstackers feature a unique hydrostatic transmission, which ensures stepless speed control for highly sensitive and smooth operation without gear changes.

This renders components such as torque converters and differentials obsolete and allows the unit to work with an almost maintenance-free system.

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Additionally, the LRS 545 has been specially designed to have the smallest turning radii possible, enhancing its manoeuvrability within narrow operational environments, and an all-round view from the driver’s cabin with a rearview camera to ensure the safest driving experience.

Divisional Manager for Maritime Cranes at Liebherr France, Anthony Martin-Garin, said: “In addition to the exceptional view of the driver's cabin, its special feature is the 30% lower fuel consumption of 12 to 14 l/h compared to the market average.

“Furthermore a maintenance interval of 1,000 hours significantly reduces the machine's idle times.”

Read more: Tandem Lift LHM Cranes Join Germany’s Emden Port

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