APMT Invests in Expanded Reefer Operations


APM Terminals Barcelona has announced a 31% increase in reefer capacity, responding to a rapid growth in customer demand for cold storage facilities.

The electrical capacity of the terminal has also been improved, which is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 600 tonnes a year.

As part of the capacity increase, 152 additional reefer plugs have been installed at the terminal, as well as new racks that allow reefer units to be stacked up to four containers high.

Søren Leth Johannsen, Maersk, discusses next-gen efficiency in reefer operations in a recent Port Technology technical paper

The reefer racks are also connected to the central power supply, which has been increased following APM’s investment in an additional indoor substation.

According to a statement, the modern design of the facility will improve safety for employees, especially those responsible for carrying out repairs and maintenance.



In addition to this, connecting to the electricity supply network reduces localised pollution in the environment surrounding the terminal, benefitting the port community.

APM Terminals Barcelona has an annual handling capacity of 1.6 million TEU, and uses wireless networks to provide real-time data on all the details of a container’s journey through the terminal, from unloading to its dispatch from the port.

While this ensures efficient and visible procedures, with customers able to track progress via an online platform, the terminal also features its own on-dock rail connection, immediate access to surrounding motorway connections, and automated gates, optimizing intermodal operations.

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