Tuesday , 19 March 2019
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Brazil’s third-largest container port terminal, Terminal de Contêineres de Paranaguá (TCP), has chosen APS Technology optical character recognition (OCR) solutions to automate the container identification process at the gate and rail entry and exit points at its terminal to boost efficiency and eliminate congestion; it is the first on-dock rail OCR solution to be installed in South America.

TCP chooses APS solutions

Implementing one of the largest investment programmes in the Brazilian port industry, aimed at expanding capacity and increasing efficiency, TCP will see its annual terminal capacity increase by 50% this year to 1.2m teu. Terminal productivity increased from 30 moves per hour in 2010 to 56 moves per hour last month.

The APS solutions will further help TCP handle larger gate volumes and streamline the current rail discharge process by automating the identification of rail-laden containers and their associated weights into the company’s terminal operating system (TOS).

It replaces the current cumbersome and time-consuming process, whereby trains come in three times a day, with a reachstacker moving containers from the train to a truck. The truck then drives to the main gate for weighing before the container is taken to be stored in the stacks.

The new identification system will work in tandem with a new in-ground weight-capture system using sensors under the track; both processes will be carried out while the train is in motion, eliminating multiple steps from the process and dramatically boosting efficiency.

“Since the change of TCP shareholding structure last year, when the private equity fund Advent International acquired 50% of TCP, we launched several initiatives to increase efficiency and productivity. The implementation of the APS OCR systems, will allow us to achieve further operational improvements, elevating TCP operations to the level of the best terminals in the world” said Luiz Antonio Alves, TCP’s CFO.

“The Brazil container shipping market has been growing every year for over a decade and is expected to continue to grow,” said Allen Thomas, APS COO. “Implementing automation and technology to improve efficiency will give terminals a competitive edge. We’re glad to be a part of this important project installing the first on-dock rail OCR in South America.”