Hyster Europe is currently developing a zero-emission reachstacker featuring a hydrogen fuel cell for the port of Valencia, as part of the European Horizon 2020 programme and H2Ports project.
“An on-board Hydrogen fuel cell will charge the battery on the forthcoming fully electric Hyster Reachstacker,” said Jan Willem van den Brand, Director Big Truck Product Strategy and Solutions at Hyster Europe. “As the first of its kind, we expect the new Hyster Reachstacker will be able to support continuous operations while providing zero emissions and achieving comparable full shift performance to a conventional IC reachstacker,” he added.
According to Hyster Europe noise levels will be low, and users can expect a reduction in energy costs. The company also expects reduced vehicle maintenance costs thanks to the elimination of the engine, transmission and other mechanical-driven components.
“Achieving zero emissions for container handling equipment at seaports is a substantial challenge.The highly demanding and varied duty cycles in these intense operations make battery recharging time a critical factor. These and other technical limitations have obstructed the electrification of container handlers or large lift trucks until now,” concluded van den Brand.
The new reachstacker is expected to enter operation in 2021 at the MSC Terminal Valencia (MSCTV) in Spain, where it will undergo thorough testing handling laden shipping containers alongside several existing reachstackers.
Liebherr had delivered seven LRS 545 reachstackers to South Africa’s Port of Durban in December 2017, following an order made by Transnet SOC Ltd, a freight transport specialist . They had been dispatched from the manufacturing site in Sunderland, Great Britain, last February. Thanks to the on-site assembly by Liebherr service engineers, all seven units have already been put into operation in March 2018. After half a year of permanent 24/7 operation, the machines have impressed the South African freight transport company.
Nene Thubelihle, Regional Supply Chain Manager KwaZul-Natal ( province of South Africa) for Transnet SOC Ltd. said: “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.”
During the TOC Europe trade fair, which took place in Rotterdam, Liebherr showcased two new reachstackers models, LRS 545-35 and LRS Log Handler. The first one, lifting 35t in the second container row, is more powerful than this other ones of the same range. The Log Handler has a 30t lifting capacity and its 8,5m telescopic boom stacks height of up to 8,9m.
Two new Liebherr LRS 545 Reachstackers of the latest generation will be soon active on the Port of Lyon. The first device was handed over in a ceremonial act during the inauguration of the Rognac branch and will be followed by the second before the end of the year. These acquisitions are the result of the desire of Lyon Terminal SA to invest to advance the progressive technical expansion of the port, whose traffic is constantly increasing (approximately 137 000 TEC in 2017). The LRS 545 from Liebherr has a maximum lifting capacity of up to 45t. It is distinguished by its hydrostatic transmission, maneuverability, excellent visibility on the workstation as well as the simplicity of maintenance and low fuel consumption.
Photo : from left to right : Patricia Rüf, Liebherr Member of the Board of Management / Samira Himeur, Head of Development at Lyon Terminal / Anthony Martin-Garin, Divisional Manager Maritime Cranes at Liebherr France, presenting the keepsake at the branch opening in Rognac, France.
Recently, SNM Heavy Handling delivered a Konecranes Liftace RS-31 reach stacker at the Brest terminal. Fitted with the Lifttace technology powered by Terex, the machine can lift until 45t in first row and 31t in second row. the RS-31 can reach a 15m maximum stacking height, corresponding to a pile of five standard containers. SNM Heavy Handling is part of the SNM Group, which gathers as well SNM Cranes for onshore handling and SNM Lift for access platforms. More info in the next issue of the Move it Magazine …