Preparing for ARTGs in Brazil


Porto Itapoá has inaugurated its third phase expansion, which features 10 automated RTGs from ZPMC.

With the presence of the Governor of the State of Santa Catarina, Jorginho Mello, and other dignitaries Porto Itapoá inaugurated its expansion in late April.

Phase II features an additional 200,000 square metres of yard, including an 8,000 m2 warehouse, that increases the capacity of the terminal to 2m TEU per annum.

Porto Itapoá is particularly proud to be the first terminal in South America to operate remotely controlled hybrid RTGs. The ARTGs arrived in December 2023.

The 10 machines will be split between a new area that is part of a third phase expansion and the existing yard close by. In a statement to WorldCargo News Porto Itapoá said most of the new ARTGs are now operating, but in “conventional mode”. Porto Itapoá experienced a volume surge in April, including a record for its busiest month ever for reefer containers.

“Due to the high volume of activity in recent months, the terminal decided to put them [ARTGs] into operation in this manner,” the port said.

Meanwhile, training continues for the remote operators. The team operating the new ARTGs will be drawn from the pool of conventional RTG operators and specially trained for the role. They will operate the cranes from a remote control room in the administrative building.

At the terminal, road truck drivers will follow the same procedures for the new automated RTG blocks that they use today with the conventional machines. Safety systems at the RTG blocks will include mechanical barriers, fencing, and a gate system for controlling personnel access to the stacks.

A control system will prevent RTGs from accessing any area of the stack where people are working. In addition, the RTGs will be fitted with anti-collision sensors.

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