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APM Terminals Pecém handled largest non-containerised cargo operation

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APM Terminals Pecém handled largest non-containerised cargo operation. Image: APM Terminals
APM Terminals Pecém handled largest non-containerised cargo operation. Image: APM Terminals
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APM Terminals Pecém handled the shipment of three wind blades of 72.5 meters each on 25 March and 1 April, in partnership with Maersk Brazil, was the largest shipment of non-containerized cargo on a container ship in the world.

The operation was the result of joint commercial actions among several companies within Maersk, with the carrier Aliança Navegação e Logística responsible for sea freight, APM Terminals Pecém being the port of shipment and Maersk Brazil’s Logistics and Services team providing logistics solutions for the customer.

The cargo was destined for the state of Santa Catarina and operations were performed in areas 9 and 10 at the Multi-Utility Terminal (TMUT) of the Port of Pecém.

For the Managing Director of APM Terminals Pecém, Daniel Rose, in addition to integrated logistics centered on the customer, the operation itself was very important for the Terminal. “We were very pleased with the performance of our team, who demonstrated agility and acted with tranquillity throughout operations. Our planning, safety and operations teams were fully aligned, which allowed us to carry out this complex operation successfully together with our partners.”

Complex logistics

For the operations, a Ship to Shore (STS) crane provided by APM Terminals Pecém was first used to ship flat rack containers to serve as a base for the support and movement frames on which the blades would be docked. Subsequently, two mobile port cranes (MHC type) were used to hoist the blades, which weigh approximately 21 tons each. The shipments took place on the vessels Bartolomeu Dias and Vincente Pinzon from Aliança Navegação e Logística, which operates one of the cabotage lines that pass through the port.

Despite the novelty, the operation was carried out following strict safety protocols.  For the Operations Manager, Herllon Rossato Rossdeutscher, preparation was very important. “For more than a month we had been working on the planning of this operation and being able to carry it out successfully gave the team more confidence, experience and maturity perform more complex operations in the future”.

APM Terminals Pecém Head of Commercial, André Magalhães, comments: “For this complex operation, six bays were used for each of the 72-metre wind blades, totalling twelve bays and four flat rack containers. For the transfer to the ship, we used two MHCs, which loaded two blades at an incredible time of 55 minutes. Due to the size of the blades and the type of ship used, we are probably facing a new world record.”

André Magalhães also shares that the operation demonstrates the high capacity of APM Terminals to offer customized solutions and stay focused on customer needs, while playing a key role as a logistics enabler for the development of the country.

APM Terminals Pecém offers 6 Cabotage services connecting the south to the northeast of the country and Manaus, being a strategic location for exports and imports, in addition to having a route to the east coast of the United States throughout the year and two more routes to Europe during the period of the fruit harvest.

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Russian container transport giant RUSCON sets up Smartcontainer BV 

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Russian container transport giant RUSCON sets up Smartcontainer BV. Image: Ruscon
Russian container transport giant RUSCON sets up Smartcontainer BV. Image: Ruscon
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RUSCON GROUP, one of the major Russian container transhipment service providers is expanding in the Netherlands (Rotterdam) with the opening of Smartcontainer BV., according to the company’s release.

Smartcontainer helps European shippers to optimize their supply chain activities and improve container transit between Europe and the Russian and Eurasian markets. This is done in collaboration with Delo Group, the main Russian private transport and logistics holding company.

Smartcontainer BV is one of the members of the Road2Holland consortium of the RVO, whose spearhead is freight transport by rail between the Netherlands and China.

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Global Ports launches Portchain in two of its terminals

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Global Ports launches Portchain in two of its terminals. Image- Wikimedia/ Pavel Iovik
Global Ports launches Portchain in two of its terminals. Image- Wikimedia/ Pavel Iovik
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Portchain, a provider of Artificial Intelligence solutions to optimize quayside operations for container terminals and carriers, announce today that Global Ports, Russia’s leading operator of container terminals, has selected Portchain’s Berth Optimization Engine to optimize berth allocation and enable its customer to monitor berth status in real time.

Portchain is proud to partner with Global Ports in a project to optimise the allocation of berths at First Container Terminal (“FCT”) and Petrolesport (“PLP”) in the Greater Ports of St. Petersburg. Portchain’s Berth Optimization Engine will increase operational processes, transparency, and resource planning efficiency. Global Ports’ customers will be able to use Portchain to monitor the operational situation at the berths.

Portchain will collect data on the schedule and real time of vessels arrival and handling, including berth allocation and cargo handling. With access to the platform employees of Global Ports’ terminals and the Group’s management company will promptly receive information on current and planned operations at the berths and collect service statistics. This will allocate resources more efficiently and enable the Group to improve the quality and accuracy of operational decisions.

Using Portchain, Global Ports’ customers will be able to track information about the schedule and real time of vessels arrival and handling, berth number, start and end of cargo operations all in real time.

Portchain’s easy to deliver software model means Global Ports are already taking advantage of a digital berth plan at First Container Terminal. Access for their customers is planned for the end of March 2021 and Petrolesport will then be connected to Portchain in April 2021.

The Group’s future digital innovation plans include the implementation of Portchain system at Vostochnaya Stevedoring Company (located in the deep-water port of Vostochny).

Marc Niederer, COO of Global Ports, noted:

“We continue to improve the standard of customer service and operational efficiency of our terminals. With Portchain we will be able to track berth operations in real time and plan equipment and personnel more precisely. Our customers will have access to vessel handling data, which will allow them to optimise the planning of cargo operations at the terminal as well as further logistics, thereby reducing their costs.”

Thor Thorup, CCO of Portchain, noted:

“We are excited to offer Global Ports a solution based on Portchain algorithms aimed at optimising berthing operations. Our intelligent platform will increase the transparency of vessel handling data by collecting up-to-date information on all terminal berth operations in one system and will also simplify the communication on operational issues between the terminals and their customers.”

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Kalmar signs an agreement with Vientiane logistics park’s new dry port in Laos

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Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has concluded an agreement with the transportation operator Sitthi Logistics (Thailand) Co., Ltd. to supply two rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs), three reachstackers, two empty container handlers and six terminal tractors for its greenfield inland terminal development in Laos. The order was booked in Cargotec’s 2021 Q1 order intake with delivery of all units scheduled to be completed by Q4 2021.

Sitthi Logistics and the Lao Government are developing Vientiane Logistics Park (VLP) & Thanaleng Dry Port in Vientiane Capital under a joint venture. The Vientiane Logistics Park is one of the priority actions plans, which the Lao Government had formulated in the Logistics Development Strategy plan. The VLP project will drastically turn Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) into the land–linked country of Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), since this strategic location will serve as the distribution hub between ASEAN and China after the Lao-China railways project is completed in December 2021.

The Kalmar equipment selected by Sitthi comprises three different equipment types from the cost-efficient Kalmar Essential Range – three reachstackers, two empty container handlers and six terminal tractors. In addition, Kalmar will supply Sitthi with two Kalmar SmartPower RTGs, which can reduce annual fuel consumption by up to 50 per cent compared to traditional diesel machines.

Viengkhone Sitthixay, Vice President – Dry Port, Vientiane Logistic Park: “To operate the dry port terminal smoothly is our duty. We trust only Kalmar’s cargo-handling equipment. Their machinery is reliable and meets our standards, not to mention their fuel saving capabilities that would make our work not only cost-effective, but also efficient.”

Tee Chee Seng, Vice President – Property Development, Vientiane Logistic Park: “As a leading global player in the cargo-handling equipment industry, Kalmar was able to provide proven and cost-efficient solutions that met all our business requirements. We are excited to begin this collaboration with Kalmar and look forward to developing our partnership further as we ramp up operations at Thanaleng.”

Daniel Ho, VP, Sales, Asia-Pacific, Kalmar: “We are delighted to enter a new market in Laos, and that Sitthi chose us to equip its new terminal with a diverse fleet of Kalmar machines. This order demonstrates the strength and depth of our offering and our capability to provide a comprehensive range of fuel and cost-efficient choices for customers who are developing greenfield sites.

Elvina Chua, VP, South and Southeast Asia Market Area at Kalmar: “The fuel-efficient Kalmar SmartPower RTGs as well as reliable and robust equipment from the Kalmar Essential range of mobile equipment, built on our tested and proven G-Generation platform will bring a complete solution for Sitthi’s intermodal operations. We are honoured to be given the chance to be involved in this project with our wide product portfolio. On behalf of the management, we wish Thanaleng Port the best of success for their opening in 2021.”

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