Wilson Sons sets productivity record at Rio Grande

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Maritime logistics operator in Brazil, Wilson Sons, achieved an 11 per cent year-on-year container throughput growth in the first four months of 2023 at the Rio Grande container terminal.

The container terminal handled 198,857 TEU in this period.

In the first four months of the year, the terminal also achieved a new productivity record in the operation of the M/V MEDITERRANEAN EXPRESS, in January.

During the operation, 1,567 containers were handled, averaging 42 containers handled per hour on each container crane used.

Paulo Bertinetti, CEO of Rio Grande Container Terminal, said: “In addition to fulfilling our contractual commitments, we have made heavy investments in the container terminal, increasing the facility’s capacity and productivity by adding the latest technologies on equipment, processes, and promoting infrastructure adjustments.”

“Rio Grande container terminal plays a key role in the logistics of companies based in Rio Grande do Sul, as it offers a safe and reliable alternative for storing and handling the most diverse types of cargo,” Bertinetti added.

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The Rio Grande Container Terminal is equipped with a 900-metre-long quay.

The 735,000-metre-squared facility has a static capacity of 30,000 TEU, 20,000 square metres of warehouses for general and special cargo, and 10 fully automated entry and exit gates, in addition to 2,800 plugs for reefer containers.

It features nine ship-to-shore container gantry cranes capable of operating on 24-container wide vessels, 22 wheeled rubber-tyred-gantry (RTG) cranes used for handling containers in the yard, two cable-controlled mobile cranes, nine reach stackers, and 56-yard tractors.

Earlier this year, Wilson Sons selected ABB’s Optical Character Recognition (OCR) system and QuayPro module to be employed at the Rio Grande container terminal.

Wilson Sons more recently announced its financial figures for 2023, posting a net revenue of R$570 million ($115.6 million) in the first quarter of the year.

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