Russian Freight Village Kaluga acquires Liebherr Reachstackers

Liebherr Reachstacker LRS 545-31 is busy handling containers in the Freight

Liebherr says it had delivered two new LRS 545-31 reachstackers to Kaluga, the Russian Freight Village. Kaluga decided to acquire the new reachstackers to expand its existing reachstacker fleet.

The reachstackers had since been commissioned.

Since its opening in 2013, the Freight Village Kaluga, located in the industrial area Vorsino in the southwest of Moscow, has been one of the most heavily frequented multimodal transport and logistic centres in this region.

On a total area of around 500 hectares, the high-performance rail terminal handles up to 500,000 TEU annually. In order to ensure efficient container handling, the freight centre has been using Liebherr reachstackers for two years now. At the beginning of 2019, the management decided to expand the fleet by two additional Liebherr LRS 545-31 reachstackers.

‘’In addition to its sophisticated technology, Liebherr was also able to impress with a particular short delivery time. Only three months passed between the initial negotiations and commissioning of the two new LRS 545 reachstackers at the Freight Village site. Despite the 24/7 operation, the machines still operate fully efficient even after 12,000 operating hours. One reason for this is the excellent service provided by Liebherr Russia OOO.

‘’The vast majority of reachstackers offered on the market operate with an outdated mechanical drive system. This type of mechanical power transmission has not been further developed for many years and is therefore no longer up to date. Liebherr relies on a hydrostatic drive for many machines, such as the Liebherr wheel loaders, which have already been sold more than 50,000 times.

‘’The Liebherr Reachstacker LRS 545 is also equipped with a hydrostatic drive. This type of drive requires neither a torque converter nor a differential. The result is at least 25% lower diesel consumption compared to equivalent reachstackers from other suppliers. In the Freight Village Kaluga, experience has shown that fuel consumption is between 12 and 13 litres per working hour.

‘’The hydrostatic drive also provides significantly better and more sensitive handling, which is indispensable when handling valuable freight in the containers. In addition, the drive wheels of the LRS 545 are individually powered. This leads to a small turning radius, an extended service life of the tyres and, above all, to a great deal of driving pleasure,’’ said Liebherr.

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