Doyle Shipping Group has taken delivery of a new Liebherr LRS 545 reachstacker for its Dublin Port container operation. The LRS 545 was produced at Liebherr’s manufacturing facility in Sunderland (UK) and shipped to Dublin via road. Liebherr says that the LRS 545 is the ideal machine for this type of operation due to its low front end, which allows for increased visibility for the operator when placing the containers onto the train.
The inclusion of Liebherr’s established hydrostatic drive system on the LRS 545 allowed the German manufacturer 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. Not only is this a more compact solution, it reduces tyre scrubbing and thereby increases tyre life. And by removing the mechanical gearbox element, the drive of the machine from acceleration to braking is smooth and stepless, which provides added sensitivity at low speeds and increases driver comfort.
Glen O’Connor, Director of Doyle Shipping Group commented, “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.”