SSA México (SSAM) has become the first container terminal in the Americas to operate entirely on electric power.
Conductix-Wamplfer, a provider of electric rubber-tyred gantry crane (E-RTG) solutions, announced that SSAM has successfully completed a full-scale electrification project at its Manzanillo Mexico Terminal.
SSAM began the transition from diesel to electric power in September 2012 to retrofit eight RTGs to E-RTGs using its own manpower.
Over the next two and a half years, SSAM converted 32 RTGs to electric, while also purchasing four new E-RTGs from Chinese manufacturer ZPMC, all equipped with Conductix-Wampfler cable reels.
To complete the initiative, SSAM also converted four Paceco RTGs into RMGs for intermodal rail yard operations. Each unit is powered with Conductix-Wampfler’s Hevi-Bar II Conductor Bar System.
Gabriel Juri, cranes maintenance manager at SSA Mexico, said that the performance of the E-RTGs was satisfying, “particularly due to the higher speeds and increased productivity from not having to refuel or conduct diesel engine maintenance”.
SSAM hopes to reduce diesel fuel consumption by an estimated 95%, while expecting maintenance costs to fall due to the greater reliability of the E-RTGs with less downtime.