Porto Itapoá acquires two new forklifts and invests in infrastructure to ensure more efficiency in cargo transport at the terminal

Ruth Rodrigues
09-05-2022 09:25:31
in Naval Industry, Ports and Shipyards
The Porto Itapoá terminal will now benefit from faster and more infrastructure after the acquisition of two new forklifts and new investments that will be applied to ensure a better operation of the site Photo: Port of Itapoá

The Porto Itapoá terminal will now benefit from faster and more infrastructure after the acquisition of two new forklifts and new investments that will be applied to ensure a better operation of the site

The administration of Porto Itapoá, located in Santa Catarina, received last Thursday, (05/05), two new Reach Stacker forklifts. In this way, the terminal of the complex will be much faster in operations of cargo transport, since the equipment guarantees a quality infrastructure so that the time between the yard and the ship is reduced in the activities of moving goods through the complex. 

Two new Reach Stacker forklifts will ensure more agility and speed in cargo transport through the Porto Itapoá terminal, in Santa Catarina

The two new forklifts from Porto Itapoá arrived at the complex this week and have already started to be used at the terminal to ensure more benefits in operations. This is the port administration's new move to invest in quality infrastructure and ensure more efficiency in cargo transport. Now, the movement time between the yard and the ship will be greatly reduced and, as a result, the port will be able to carry out even more activities over the same period.

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Thus, the main objective of the acquisition of the two new Reach Stacker forklifts is to enhance the service inside the terminal, with the complementation of the operations with the RTG, a mobile crane that is used in operations inside ports to move and stack the containers . This will provide much greater control of operations, since, with the reduction in cargo transport time, there will be greater attention to other logistical issues within the goods movement chain at Porto Itapoá.

One of the main problems that Porto Itapoá had before the acquisition of Reach Stacker forklifts was waiting for trucks to transport cargo. The company stated that around 1,600 vehicles of this type pass through the complex every day for activities and, with the lack of adequate infrastructure, the complex was overcrowded.

Now, trucks will be able to perform much faster in these operations, since equipment from the Kalmar brand has the capacity to lift 45 tons on spreaders and provides much more agility in moving goods between the ship and the yard. 

Porto Itapoá continues to invest in acquisitions for the complex's infrastructure, aiming at better quality in cargo transport operations

Porto Itapoá has an infrastructure investment plan for the year 2022 with the objective of expanding its service capacity in cargo transport operations. Thus, in addition to the acquisition of two Reach Stacker forklifts, the complex also ordered five more RTGs, a mobile crane on tires, suitable for movement of containers in the yard. All this equipment contributes to a much more adequate structure for receiving even more vehicles for the movement of goods. 

In addition, the port terminal already has 17 of these equipment, branded ZPMC, but with a somewhat outdated technology. Now, the new equipment requested will be controlled remotely and, as a result, Porto Itapoá will be the first in Brazil to have this technology. The forecast for the delivery of the machines is for the beginning of the year 2023 and the administration intends to continue with the investments aimed at the infrastructure of the complex. 

The final objective of Porto Itapoá with investments in infrastructure is to reach the milestone of over 200 thousand m² of yard in the terminal, totaling 455 thousand m²; in addition to the expansion of a pier, which is now 800m long, to 1,210m by the end of 2023.

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Ruth Rodrigues
Graduated in Biological Sciences from the State University of Rio Grande do Norte (UERN), she works as a writer and scientific disseminator.