Brazil Terminal Achieves Super-Fast Moves Per Hour


Tecon Rio Grande (Tecon RG), a subsidiary of Wilson Sons Group, has reached a “historic level” of productivity in port operations following its recent upgrade to the N4 terminal system, according to Navis, the software’s developer.

On July 25, 2017, the container terminal achieved 140 moves per hour (mph) during an operation involving the Monte Tamaro, a 5568 TEU Hamburg Süd containership, which connects from Brazil to the East Coast of North America.

The record was set with an average use of 3.32 ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, each one delivering an average productivity of 29.98 mph.

STS cranes are responsible for transporting containers between the ship and yard equipment.

The new record is a significant improvement on prior records.

On July 11, 2017, the Monte Aconcágua, a 5,560 TEU Hamburg Süd vessel, set a pace of 122.18 mph, beating the previous high of 121.04 mph registered in an operation that required five STS cranes working on the 7450 TEU Maersk Lima in 2012.

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Tecon Rio Grande’s new record was made possible by an N4 upgrade, three new STS cranes and eight rubber tier gantry cranes, and the acquisition of new tractor trailers.

Paulo Bertinetti, Terminal Executive President Director, Tecon RG, said: “With the acquisition of new cranes and technology, our significant investment in terminal improvements has reinforced Tecon Rio Grande as one of the best terminals in Brazil – with nine STS and 22 RTG cranes, capable of serving the largest vessels that call on Brazilian ports.”

Chuck Schneider, Navis VP and General Manager, Americas, commented: “The advancements that Tecon RG has been able to achieve in the short time since deploying N4 are truly inspirational.
“Tecon RG has promised to deliver more reliable service, stronger productivity, and increased efficiency to its customers, and with the help of Navis and advanced automation equipment, they have made good on that promise.

“Both of our teams are excited to see what they can do next as they continue to break their own records on their quest to become a central player in Brazil for the biggest ships coming to call.”

Watch Navis' Guenter Schmidmeir, Vice President & General Manager, EMEA, explain how terminal operations can be improved:

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