Thursday , 23 January 2020
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APS Technology Group has been awarded a terminal-wide automation project for the new Terminal de Contenedores de Buenaventura (TCBuen) in Buenaventura, Colombia, set to open this month (January) with its first year capacity expected to reach 260,000 teu, increasing the port’s total capacity by 30%.

APS wins Colombia contract

The latest terminal development from global operator TCB of Barcelona, TCBuen is a US$250m investment for the first phase of four expected stages and represents only the second major port on Colombia’s Pacific coast.

APS will be the prime contractor managing responsible for the entire terminal automation project, including the design, hardware, software and services to install and maintain the solution over five years. This will include its full Automated Gate System, STS Crane OCR and its MatchMaker tractor identification solutions for both the STS and rubber tyred gantry (RTG) cranes.

“TCBuen has a vision to become the premier container facility in the region by combining operational best practices and automation technology wherever possible,” said TCB’s project director Victor Munoz, adding that the systems would reduce manual intervention at the terminal, increase data accuracy, productivity and throughput capacity while greatly reducing the risk of smuggling, theft and injuries.

The Buenaventura port is located near the Panama Canal, midway between North and South America. Demand on the port is expected to increase with the Panama Canal expansion project.

APS will also being providing its software solutions, X-Clerk and SureStow, as well as a real-time container inventory and Position Determination System (PDS) from Identec Solutions.