APM Terminals (APMT) has increased its reefer capacity by 31% and improved the electric capacity of its terminal at the Port of Barcelona in response to growing customer demand.
APMT Barcelona has added 152 reefer plugs to the terminal which has raised the total to 677 while new reefer racks enable reefers to be stacked up to four containers high.
According to the terminal operator, the new racks improve safety for employees carrying out repairs and maintenance while they are also an upgrade on the current racks that are only able to stack three containers high.
The racks are connected to the central power supply which has been increased by an investment in an additional indoor substation which means that over-capacity reefers no longer need to rely no diesel gensets.
APMT has reported that this will lead to a reduction of around 600 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year and, through connecting to the electricity supply network, will also reduce localised pollution in the terminal environment.
Additionally, the terminal operator is working with liquefied natural gas (LNG) services provider HAM, technology provider IDIADA and Naturgy Iberia on a pilot to convert an existing straddle carrier to natural gas scheduled for October 2018.
The pilot, part of a broader Port of Barcelona programme for alternative fuel use, aims to convert the straddle carrier’s two 150 kW diesel-based motor engines to natural gas while maintaining the same level of performance.