Chilean terminal to implement Kalmar SmartPort solutions

TGN Greenfield terminal

Kalmar has received an order from Terminal Graneles del Norte S.A. (TGN) for its SmartPort process automation solutions.

The company is looking to use the solutions in its Greenfield terminal being built in the Antofagasta region, city of Mejillones, Chile.

The new terminal is being built to help cope with growing demand in the region and will feature an automated rail-mounted gantry crane system – this will be enhanced with Kalmar SmartPort solutions to improve the overall efficiency and performance of the facility.

After the go-live, the terminal will benefit from three Kalmar solutions designed to improve efficiency, security, and productivity. These include:

  • SmartMap, which enables real-time and historical visualisation of equipment location and container routing in the yard.
  • SmartTrucks, which automatically tracks the road truck to ensure compliance with the work instruction and to increase crane productivity when the truck arrives at the point of work
  • SmartLane, which will use RFID tags placed on a closed loop of containers to automatically register and track the containers as they enter or leave the terminal.

The SmartPort products will be fully integrated with the facility’s gate operating system and Navis N4 TOS.

“We chose Kalmar SmartPort solutions because of Kalmar’s ability to offer a solution that will be a key part of the automated container movement through the port,” said Eduardo Simian, Project Manager at TGN.

“We are confident that the solution will help us ensure safe and efficient operations and fast truck turnaround times for our customers.”

Ezequiel Bracco, Sales Manager for Automation Solutions at Kalmar Americas, added: “We are pleased to welcome TGN as a Kalmar customer and help them achieve the highest level of productivity through our process automation solutions.

“With our help, the customer will be able to speed up their performance by minimising idle times and avoiding delays in their container yard with the best possible safety and security for their operational processes.”

Earlier this week, Kalmar also received an order from Terminaux de Normandie to supply 12 diesel-electric straddle carriers for use at the Port of Le Havre.

The machines will be deployed at both Terminal Normandie MSC and Terminal Porte Océane.

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