APM Terminals Suape Advances Sustainable Port Operations with Major Investment in All-Electric Handling Equipment

APM Terminals Suape Advances Sustainable Port Operations with Major Investment in All-Electric Handling Equipment

(IN BRIEF) APM Terminals Suape in Brazil has completed a significant investment in sustainability by acquiring twenty-eight all-electric container handling units from SANY. This move underscores their commitment to becoming Latin America’s first fully electric terminal, set to commence operations in late 2026. The equipment, including advanced ship-to-shore cranes and remote-controlled gantry cranes, enhances operational efficiency and safety with features like Optical Character Recognition and collision avoidance systems. This initiative not only aims to modernize port operations but also supports APM Terminals’ goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2040, while fostering socio-economic development and global connectivity in the region.

(PRESS RELEASE) THE HAGUE, 9-Jul-2024 — /EuropaWire/ — APM Terminals Suape in Brazil has finalized the acquisition of twenty-eight all-electric container handling units from SANY, marking a significant investment in advancing port operations. These customized units are tailored for efficiency and safety, equipped with cutting-edge technology to support sustainable operations at the new terminal in the Governador Eraldo Gueiros Port Industrial Complex. Scheduled to commence operations in the second half of 2026, this terminal aims to become Latin America’s first fully electric facility, aligning with APM Terminals’ ambitious goal to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040.

Aristides Russi Júnior, Managing Director of APM Terminals Suape, emphasized the strategic significance of this investment: “With over U$ 47 million dedicated to state-of-the-art equipment, APM Terminals Suape reaffirms its commitment to pioneering port modernization in Brazil. This milestone underscores our dedication to sustainability and leadership in the regional maritime sector.”

The investment includes advanced features such as remote-controlled ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, equipped with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) for precise container handling and enhanced safety systems. Additionally, seven remote-controlled rubber tyred gantry (RTG) cranes ensure operational efficiency with collision avoidance technology and improved cargo protection. The terminal will also introduce Brazil’s first electric reach stackers and empty container forklifts, alongside other electric vehicles, facilitating increased productivity and reduced environmental impact.

Remote controlled equipment

The investment includes two remote-controlled ship-to-shore (STS) cranes. These are the largest and most modern available on the market and are equipped with systems to help with first positioning and make operations safer and more productive. In addition to Optical Character Recognition (OCR)), which provides high reliability in loading and unloading containers, they are equipped with technology to increase the accuracy of movements, prevent damage to the equipment and more protection for the cargo being transported.

Seven remote-controlled rubber tyred gantry (RTG) cranes were also acquired and feature the same safety features as the STSs. Remote operation, when the operator works from a control room and not from the equipment’s cabin, increases productivity and safety. The RTGs are equipped with collision avoidance systems to reduce the chance of accidents with other equipment, vehicles and people. They also feature systems to prevent trucks from being lifted in the unlikely event that a container is still locked to the vehicle.

First in Brazil

Two new reach stackers will be the first electric vehicles in this category in Brazil, along with two electric empty container forklifts. The purchase also includes another 16-tonne forklift and fourteen terminal tractors, all electric.

In addition to generating direct and indirect jobs, the new terminal will foster socio-economic development in the region and offer greater connectivity and expanded berthing windows for shipping companies. APM Terminals Suape will also have its own 5G network, which will make it possible to securely transmit information in real time to customers anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Beyond operational enhancements, the new terminal promises socio-economic benefits, including job creation and enhanced connectivity for shipping companies. APM Terminals Suape’s dedicated 5G network will enable real-time information transmission globally, ensuring seamless customer service around the clock.

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SOURCE: APM Terminals


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