The equipment, which arrived last week and is expected to become operational by March 2012, is part of a Reais160m (US$88.6m) terminal expansion project for TS which is booming. In 2010, 237,500 teu were handled with 250,000 teu forecast for this year, confirming Salvador as Brazil’s ninth biggest container port.
Demir Lourenco Jnr., Tecon Salvador’s terminal manager, said that the new ZPMC cranes have a 60 m long boom and the RTGs are “the first of their kind in South America” as in that they are 100% electric-powered. He told CM: “Our aim is to become greener and to reduce emissions and we calculate that we will save 26,000 trees by going electric with these RTGs.
“We are also reinforcing some of the quay areas so that the three new gantries can be transferred to the new quay that should be ready by March.”