Published On: Sat, Feb 25th, 2023

Porto Itapoá will be the First in South America to Use Remote Controlled Cranes

The new equipment is a hybrid that uses three times less fuel than diesel-powered ones

Porto Itapoá will be the first port in South America to use remote controlled RTG (Rubber-Tired Gantry) cranes. This purchase of ten machines (at an investment of over 25 million dollars) will increase the operational flexibility of the Terminal. The first of them will be arriving in May, while the next is scheduled for November this year.

The new RTG cranes can stack up to six containers. They are hybrid machines that use up to six times less fuel than a conventional diesel-powered RTG. In addition, Porto Itapoá has purchased a Portainer (a crane that transfers containers between the quay and the ship) with a 70m reach, worth 11 million USD. The Terminal already has six portainers, four with a 55m reach and two with a 65m reach.

In 2022, Porto Itapoá purchased two new Reach Stacker forklifts to be used in the yard of the Terminal. These pieces of equipment, made by Kalmar, are capable of handling 45 metric tons and have an array of technical features to ensure operator safety. The port already had three similar pieces of equipment.

Another important acquisition was the nine terminal tractors (TTs) made by the Brazilian company, Rucker, which arrived in July 2022. The vehicles have joined our fleet of 40, and each of them can load 65 metric tons.

About Porto Itapoá

Porto Itapoá began operating in June 2011, and is considered one of the most agile, efficient and sustainable terminals in Latin America and one of the largest and most important in the country for handling containerized cargo, according to the National Waterway Transport Agency (ANTAQ). Porto Itapoá is located on the northern coast of Santa Catarina, among some of the most productive regions in Brazil, serving importers and exporters from a wide range of industries.

Its fortunate location, in Babitonga Bay, provides safe and easy conditions for mooring ships. The Bay has calm, deep waters and is ideal for large vessels, which are becoming increasingly important in global shipping.

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