Libra Terminais’ new STS cranes start operations

Libra Terminais’ new STS cranes start operations

“Libra Terminais is the first in Brazil to receive this equipment, which will bring a productivity gain of about 15%” declares Libra Terminais CEO, Gustavo Pecly.

The cranes are part of an R$110m (US$66m) investment announced by Grupo Libra, one of Brazil’s largest sea terminal and international logistics operators.

This investment also includes four additional STS cranes and seven rubber-tyred gantries (RTGs). The remaining equipment is expected to arrive by October 2011, to coincide with Libra Terminais’ 15th anniversary celebrations.

Two of the STS cranes and four of the RTGs on order will be used by Libra Terminais Santos, with the remaining equipment destined for Libra Terminais Rio.

The single-hoist tandem STS cranes allow simultaneous handling of two 40-foot or four 20-foot containers. The RTGs, which will be fitted with GPS (Global Positioning System) units, will also have Siemens technology (another first in Brazil) that will achieve savings of up to 50% in diesel fuel consumption, with a corresponding reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

The Siemens technology adjusts the engine according to the weight handled enabling energy to be generated during the equipment’s downward movement. This is then stored in capacitors for use in the next lifting operation.

Gustavo Pecly stresses that sustainability and protection of the environment is one of Grupo Libra’s focal points, as evident with the purchase of the new equipment.

“Our goal is to continuously invest in our terminals, within the concept of a port that is both sustainable and close to the community,” said Pecly, adding that a total of US$18m was invested in the STS units arriving this year at the Santos terminal, and an additional US$44m in the 2011 order.

Libra Terminais currently has seven STS cranes, 14 RTGs and 20 reachstackers in Santos and three STS units, 13 RTGs and one mobile harbour crane in Rio de Janeiro.

Grupo Libra is one of Brazil’s largest players in the port operations and foreign trade logistics market and is the country’s first private container handler. In 2009 it handled a total of 910,000 teu. It is divided into three main business units – Libra Terminais, Libra Logística and Libra Participações.

Libra Terminais accounts for 16% of all containers handled in Brazil’s ports. The company comprises Libra Terminais Santos, Libra Terminais Rio and Libra Terminais Imbituba, a terminal currently under construction in Santa Catarina State in Southern Brazil.