Itapoá Port acquires new scanner to facilitate container inspections 


Itapoá Port has acquired the HCVM XT, a new scanner designed for inspecting containers entering its yard. 

This piece of equipment was manufactured by British security company, Smiths Detection, and it is the first of its kind in Brazilian territory. 

This latest acquisition, an investment of approximately BRL 10 million ($1.97 million), arrived this January and will likely start operating by March.

This new piece of equipment is expected to result in significant gains in terms of productivity.  

Itapoá Port will now operate with two scanners. 

Sergni Pessoa Junior, Itapoá Port’s Director of Operations, Environment and Technology, said: “This provides more security to everyone involved in the process; the Brazilian IRS, exporters, importers, carriers and collaborators of Porto Itapoá.”

Pessoa Junior also highlighted that the new scanner is state-of-the-art and has technological features that improve the efficiency of inspection activities. 

“Operating with two scanners means an increase in the availability of equipment for inspections,” said IRS Customs Officer in São Francisco do Sul, and the officer in charge of customs operations at Itapoá, Claiton Meyer.   

“With the new scanner starting operation, in addition to more inspections of containers in a shorter amount of time, the tendency is to reduce the need for physical inspections,” Meyer explained.

“The new scanner to be used by Porto Itapoá will result in better quality images, which will facilitate the identification of goods and merchandise contained in the cargo unit, thus providing support in the identification of illicit acts.”

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Itapoá Port acquired from manufacturer ZPMC a boom ship to shore (STS) crane with a reach of 70 metres as well as 10 hybrid Rubber Tyred Gantry (RTG) cranes in 2022.  

These RTG cranes had a fuel consumption three times lower than a conventional RTG, in addition to being remotely controlled.  

Itapoá Port will be the first port in Brazil to make use of this kind of equipment. 

“The main goal behind the acquisition of the remotely-controlled RTG cranes, in addition to innovation and sustainability, is to provide comfort and ergonomics to operators, which will result in improved satisfaction, efficiency and productivity,” Pessoa Junior highlighted.

Itapoá Port also acquired two Reach Stacker forklifts, which are used in operations in the terminal’s yard. 

The goal is to maximise services in connection with ship and yard activities, complementing the operations with the RTG cranes.

These pieces of equipment, manufactured by Kalmar, are capable of handling 45 tonnes and have a wide array of technological features and operator safety. 

Another important purchase consisted of nine terminal tractors (TTs) manufactured by Brazilian company Rucker, which arrived in July 2022. 

These are now part of Itapoá Port fleet of 40 vehicles, which can carry 65 tonnes each, equivalent to two containers.

This most recent investment comes months after APM Terminals (APMT) announced a new warehouse and a last-mile transport service at Porto Itapoá for increased flexibility, efficiency, and lower operating costs.

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