Porto Itapoá will be the first port in South America to use remote controlled Rubber-Tyred Gantry cranes (RTGs), having invested more than $25 million in 10 machines.
The new RTGs can stack up to six containers.
They are hybrid machines that use up to six times less fuel than a conventional diesel-powered RTG.
The first of the machines will be arriving in May, while the next is scheduled for November of this year.
The machinery is remotely controlled according to Sergni Pessoa Rosa Jr., Director of Port Operations, Technology and the Environment for Porto Itapoá.
“We are already training the operators who will be working with this machinery and preparing the room in which they will be working,” said Rosa Jr.
Porto Itapoá has also purchased a Portainer which is a crane that transfers containers between the quay and the ship.
This Portainer has a 70-metre reach and is worth $11 million.
The terminal already has six Portainers, four with a 55-metre reach and two with a 65-metre reach.
This purchase comes on the same month that Itapoá Port acquired the HCVM XT, a new scanner designed for inspecting containers entering its yard.