APM Terminals Pecém has invested US$58.4 million in four cranes, which will be delivered to the Brazilian terminal in the coming months.
Three of them will be rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes for container operations in the yard, and one will be ship-to-shore (STS) crane for vessel operations.
Daniel Rose, managing director of APMT Pecém, said the investments follow the company's strategic plan and demonstrate the development of the business in recent years.
Currently, the terminal which is of the main outlets for fruit production in Brazil, has already had two ship-to-shore (STS) cranes in operation. The arrival of the third crane is projected to increase the terminal's productivity and to facilitate the operation of two vessel simultaneously.
The STS crane, which will have the capacity to operate ships of up to 22 rows, is currently being manufactured in China with an expected arrival date at the beginning of the second half of 2022.
In the meantime, the rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTG) will be the first equipment of this type to operate in Pecém, partially replacing the reach stackers that are currently being used for the handling of boxes in the yard.
The RTGs offer productivity gains in the terminal, while they move over the container stacks, facilitating access to containers positioned in the middle of the blocks, reducing movements, and improving internal logistics of the terminal, according to a statement.
In addition, the new models purchased for Pecém are electrified and do not use diesel fuel, making the operations more sustainable, with a reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
"With the new equipment, we will see an increase in productivity and equipment reliability, which is important for us to continue improving the service we offer to our customers," stated APMT operations manager, Herllon Rosdeutscher.
Furthermore, the number of reefer outlets will be increased from 1,088 to 1,388 in the coming months. The new outlets will be installed at the Multi-Utility Terminal (TMUT), doubling the current capacity of the area, which currently has 200 outlets installed, according to a statement.
Previously in November, four more trucks were added to the fleet of terminal tractors, while various works are also being carried out to improve Information technology (IT) infrastructure, lighting, paving and a new operations office.
Last but not least, a second scanner for container inspections of around US$480,000 (BRL2.5 million) was purchased, which is expected to start operating soon.