The BwFuhrparkService GmbH, the fleet service company especially for the German Bundeswehr (Federal Armed Forces), ordered 39 Konecranes reach stackers in March last year. Specially adapted for harsh conditions, they will be used to handle containers in military locations around the country. Since the beginning of September 2020, Konecranes has been modernizing the fleet with a weekly delivery of two Konecranes SMV 2216 TC3 reach stackers to BwFuhrparkService GmbH.
The 39 tailor-made Konecranes reach stackers are painted in military green, have a 5500 mm wheelbase and are able to stack 22-ton containers up to three high on the first row, as well as 16 tons and 6 tons on the second and third rows respectively. Other customized modifications include: a special coupling to recover the vehicle or assist other trucks if one gets stuck on uneven ground, and tire pressure monitoring to help reduce wear, fuel consumption and improve safety in harsh environments. For a secure driving area, extra safety features have been added as the Bundeswehr requested. One special customer requirement was to make transportation over long distances easier. So Konecranes put special safety eyes between the front axle and on the counterweight to secure each reach stacker when on a transport carrier, as well as metal plates to stop the wheels from moving. In addition, to aid dismantling and assembly, the lift trucks have a special coupling system for hydraulic hoses on the boom and spreader.
Konecranes has worked closely with the local distributor Richter Fördertechnik GmbH & Co. KG on this order that planned to be completed by February 2021.