By Gboyega Oni
Liebherr Mobile Harbour Crane has disclosed that Transnet SOC Ltd in Durban, South Africa, has expressed satisfaction with overall performance of seven Liebherr Reachstacker LRS 545 acquired over a year ago from Liebherr.
Denny Megallis of Liebherr-MCCtec Rostock, Germany made the disclosure in a press statement made available to PortNews.
He noted that despite their daily operation, the machines have to withstand the harsh maritime conditions in the port of Durban and over the past months, they have mastered this task with flying colours
According to him, the machines were sold by Liebherr to Transnet SOC Ltd in December 2017 after it place an order and they were dispatched from the manufacturing site in Sunderland, Great Britain, in February.
He gave kudos to the professional on-site assembly by qualified Liebherr service engineers in Durban, South Africa, who ensured that all seven units were put into operation in March of 2018.
‘’Within a short period after the commissioning of the new reachstackers in daily business, Transnet SOC Ltd appears impressed by the remarkable performance of the seven latest Liebherr machines. Moreover, the machines have proven to be highly reliable as they have been in permanent 24/7 operation for more than six months straight,’’ said Denny Megallis.
The press statement quoted Nene Thubelihle, Regional Supply Chain Manager KZN for Transnet SOC Ltd as saying about the machine thus “the decisive factor for the purchase of a Liebherr machine was to find a reachstacker that could withstand the difficult maritime environmental conditions such as dust and salt that prevail in the port of Durban and defy them permanently. In addition, it was necessary to find an engine that could cope with the deficient quality of diesel fuel in Africa. In dialogue with Liebherr, a very satisfactory solution for all this requirements was found, the LRS 545,’’
Thubelihle stressed that due to the nearby Liebherr service station in Durban, operators, technicians and service staff of Transnet SOC Ltd had the possibility to experience first-class onsite training for the seven new LRS 545 machine.
“Overall, we are highly satisfied with the reachstacker LRS 545 and the service provided by Liebherr and would definitely recommend this model as a proper purchase for each container terminal,’’ summarised Thubelihle.