Argentinean container terminal opts for Kalmar automation

  • ICTSI-owned TecPlata terminal to implement Kalmar SmartPort solutions

Kalmar has been awarded a contract to supply its automation technology at Port La Plata’s TecPlata container terminal in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The greenfield terminal, owned by Manila-based terminal operator International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI), will implement multiple Kalmar SmartPort solutions, and will feature, in its first phase of installation, Kalmar SmartLift and SmartStack on its 18 Kalmar terminal tractors, nine ZPMC RTGs, two Kalmar reachstackers and three Kalmar front-end loaders.

The delivery also includes the Cargotec-owned company’s SmartMap visualisation tool. The project commenced immediately after the signing of the purchase order in July.

“We are implementing SmartPort solutions as part of our development strategy for process automation,” commented TecPlata operations manager, Javier Ramirez.

“We believe that process automation will quickly become an industry standard to stay at the forefront in terms of safety, security and overall terminal efficiency.”

In October 2008, ICTSI obtained a 30-year concession for the design, construction and operation of a new container terminal in Port La Plata. The project involves, when fully developed, 820 metres of quay, a container storage area and other facilities allocated in an area of 41 hectares. The first phase of the project will be completed in December 2013 which will include the integration of the SmartPort process automation solutions to support the operations.

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