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Kalmar to supply nine RTG cranes with SmartPort features

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Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has entered into an agreement with Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN) for the supply of nine Kalmar Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTGs). The cranes will be delivered to Sepetiba Tecon terminal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The order that includes Kalmar SmartPort operator assistance features was booked in Cargotec’s Q4 order intake. Delivery is scheduled to be completed in Q1 2022.

One of Brazil’s main container terminals, Sepetiba Tecon S.A. is located in the Port of Itaguaí, some 80 kilometres from the city of Rio Janeiro. Inaugurated in 1998, the terminal offers its customers rail and sea connections at the convergence point of Brazil’s main highways, close to the country’s main economic and industrial centers.

The Kalmar RTG combines the best of diesel and electric technology for fuel savings, low emissions and easy maintenance. The units delivered to Sepetiba Tecon will be configured to handle 6+1 wide with 1-over-6 high stacking and will have a lifting capacity of 40 tonnes under the spreader. To ensure greater fuel economy and lower emissions, the cranes will include a Variable Speed Generator system, which automatically optimises the RPMs according to the required power, fully-electric Bromma spreaders and large tyres that enable minimal ground pressure.

The RTGs will be fitted with Kalmar SmartRail® automated gantry steering system that automatically controls the gantry within centimeter grade accuracy on the travelling path, improving the terminal’s operational efficiency. The cranes will also be equipped with SmartRail CPI® (Container Position Indication) system, a real-time tool to track and report container moves.

Troy Thompson, Vice President, Sales, Kalmar Americas: “We are delighted that Sepetiba Tecon chose us to support their ambitious expansion plans, and we are looking forward to establishing a long-term partnership with them. Our proven and reliable equipment, combined with the service capabilities we offer, help customers improve their operational performance as they develop their operations to meet the demands of the future.”

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ICTSI Rio to run eco-friendly rail operations

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ICTSI Rio to run eco-friendly rail operations. Image: ICTSI
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ICTSI Rio Brasil is expanding its logistics support services in Brazil, adding rail logistics to its operations with the long-term lease of Floriano Intermodal Terminal in Barra Mansa, Rio de Janeiro.

To run this operation, ICTSI Rio formed a new company – IRB Logística – to take over the operations of the terminal from Multitex Logistica starting on 1 July 2021. IRB Logística will offer sustainable cargo handling, transport, and storage services to the economic, industrial, and production centers in Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, and São Paulo.

“We are excited for IRB Logística to commence operations and look forward to coordinating closely with our sister company to improve synergy in the regional supply chain. While ICTSI Rio’s and IRB Logística’s operations are independent from one another, we share the common goal of driving economic growth in the region by providing more efficient, seamless, and value-added solutions across the entire logistics chain,” said Roberto Lopes, ICTSI Rio Chief Executive Officer.

Located in an industrial cluster some 150 kilometers away from the Port of Rio de Janeiro, the intermodal terminal mainly handles containerized cargo and steel products, which are better suited for rail tranport, for industries in the South Fluminense region.  It can accommodate up to 70 train wagons and features a yard for storage and container stuffing, as well as a covered area for storage of finished products.

The 3.4-hectare port is 100 percent solar-powered and operates a fleet of cargo handling equipment that runs on electricity – operational aspects that align perfectly with the sustainability strategy of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. across its global portfolio.

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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
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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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APM Terminals Pecém handled largest non-containerised cargo operation

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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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