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Published: 2017-03-06

Doyle's new reachstacker

Ports & terminals Doyle's new reachstacker

Photo: Liebherr

Liebherr has delivered the LRS 545 model to the Doyle Shipping Group operating in the Port of Dublin.

The new equipment was produced at Liebherr’s manufacturing facility in Sunderland (UK), road-shipped afterwards to Dublin, where it is chiefly used to load/unload containers to and from trains at the Irish port.

The inclusion of Liebherr’s established hydrostatic drive system on the LRS 545 has made it possible to reduce the front profile of the machine. The system removes the need for a front drive axle and mechanical gearbox. Instead, each wheel is independently driven by a hydraulic motor.

Liebherr’s efficient hydrostatic drive system also made it possible to reduce the engine’s size. Fitted with a 4 cylinder 230 kW engine that meets Tier 4f requirements, fuel consumption as low as 14 l/h can be achieved. By using one closed loop hydraulic circuit for all operations, the recovery of energy from other parts of the system is made possible, too. Whether this energy is recovered during braking or lowering of the load, it is transferred to other parts of the system as required.

“The reachstacker is a hugely important tool in our terminal operations. It is used for day-to-day container movements – loading and unloading transport and trains. We are also heavily involved in project work and the machine is vital in the movement of deliveries for wind turbine components, project cargoes, and out of gauge lifts,” Glen O’Connor, Director of Doyle Shipping Group commented. 

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