San Antonio Terminal Internacional (STI) has announced the upcoming delivery of two new Super Post Panamax Ship-To-Shore (STS) cranes and two electric Rubber-Tyred Gantry (RTG) cranes.
The equipment is en route from Changxing Island, China.
These investments will help boost the port’s efficiency and enhance its service offering, according to the port authority.
“The new cranes will make it possible to improve the competitiveness not only of STI, but also of Chile’s foreign trade, since we will have better and more modern equipment for transferring containers,” said STI CEO Rodrigo Galleguillos.
With this addition, STI will have a total of eight STS and eight RTG cranes, making it one of the best equipped ports in the country.
The new cranes are part of the commitments made with Empresa Portuaria de San Antonio to extend the terminal’s concession to 2030 and upgrade assets through investments totalling $66 million.
The equipment is expected to reach Chile by the end of December 2022 and it is slated to become operational by the end of January 2023.
The new cranes were fully assembled on board the Zhen Hua 24 and reach a height of 78.5 metres.
Once operational, STI’s annual container throughput capacity will total 1.6 million TEU.
The two new cranes, powered by renewable energy, will help increase port productivity by 30 per cent and reduce the operational carbon footprint by 11 per cent.