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  February 7th, 2023 | Written by

Porto Itapoá Acquires New Scanner for Inspecting Containers

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The Terminal’s expectation is to double its inspection capacity, thus increasing the quality and agility of inspections

Porto Itapoá acquired a new scanner for inspecting containers entering its yard. The equipment, model HCVM XT, manufactured by British company Smiths Detection, is the first of its kind in Brazilian territory. This latest acquisition, an investment of approximately BRL 10 million, arrived this January and will likely start operating by March.

Investment in infrastructure

In 2022, Porto Itapoá acquired from manufacturer ZPMC a boom STS (ship to shore) crane with a reach of 70 meters as well as ten hybrid RTG (rubber tyred gantry) cranes, with fuel consumption 3 times lower than a conventional RTG, in addition to being remotely controlled.  Itapoá will be the first port in Brazil to make use of this kind of equipment. Five other pieces of equipment will arrive in May, while the others will arrive along with the STS in December 2023.

In addition to the STS and RTG cranes in April 2022, Porto Itapoá also acquired two Reach Stacker forklifts, which are used in operations in the Terminal’s yard. The goal is to maximize services in connection with ship and yard activities, complementing the operations with the RTG cranes.

These pieces of equipment, manufactured by Kalmar, are capable of handling 45 tons and have a wide array of technological features operator safety. The port already had three similar pieces of equipment.

Another important acquisition consisted of nine terminal tractors (TTs) manufactured by Brazilian company Rucker, which arrived in July 2022. These are now part of our fleet of 40 vehicles, which can carry 65 tons each, equivalent to two 20-foot containers.

About Porto Itapoá

Porto Itapoá started operations in June 2011, being considered one of the most agile, efficient and sustainable terminals in Latin America and one of the largest and most important in the country in the handling of containerized cargo, according to the National Waterway Transport Agency (ANTAQ). Located on the northern coast of Santa Catarina (South Brazil), Porto Itapoá is positioned among the most productive regions in the country, covering importers and exporters from various business segments.

It’s privileged location, in Babitonga Bay, provides safe and easy conditions for the mooring of ships. With calm and deep waters, the Bay is ideal for receiving large vessels, a trend increasingly adopted in global navigation.