APMT Itajaí Sets Productivity Record


APM Terminals (APMT) Itajaí, Brazil has set a new productivity record by completing 125 berth moves per hour (BMPH) on April 26, 2015 while working the 8,600 TEU capacity Maersk Lamanai.

APMT Mumbai has also set a new record for total TEU volume with a two million throughput in 2014.

The terminal performed 1,106 container moves by the time of completion at 10:45pm. The 125 BMPH were accomplished with two ship-to-shore (STS) cranes supplemented by two of APMT Itajaí’s three mobile harbor cranes (MHCs).

Ricardo Arten Gorzelak, APMT Brazil Country Manager, said: “Larger vessels are now in regular service at South American ports, and this productivity level, achieved without compromise to our safety standards and performance, demonstrates that we are ready and able to meet this challenge and provide world-class service to our customers.”

Click here to watch the opening ceremony of APMT’s Maasvlakte II terminal in Rotterdam

APMT were recognised for its efforts to boost safety standards with a ‘Most Environmentally Conscious Port Operator at the Lagos Port Complex’ award, rewarded by the Nigerian Port Authority.

As a continuation of its drive to promote safety, the terminal operator has launched a trucker safety campaign that seeks to reduce the amount of time truckers spend outside of their vehicles.

The Port of Itajaí, in Brazil’s Santa Catarina State, is currently limited to vessels of 306 metres in length, and has undertaken a US$104 million turning basin enlargement project divided into two phases, which will allow access to vessels of up to 366 metres when completed.

The Itajaí Port Complex is the second-largest container hub in Brazil, after the Port of Santos, handling an estimated combined total of 1.1 million TEU in 2014.

APMT Itajaí, which assumed operational control in 2007, handled 400,000 TEU in 2014. APMT has applied for a concession extension from the Brazilian government which would expand the yard and operational capacity of Itajai by 30% with a US$100 million upgrade.

(Source: APM Terminals)

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