An investment of US$40 million has gone into acquiring 11 new pieces of quay and yard equipment for the terminal, which has also upgraded to Navis N4 TOS as part of its larger initiative to optimize operations.
The addition of three ship-to-shore container cranes (STSs) and the eight rubber tire gantry cranes (RTGs) now means Tecon Rio Grande has a total of 22 RTGs and nine STSs capable of serving ships with 22 rows of wide containers.
Tecon RG currently handles 720,000 TEUs annually and selected N4 to improve its overall productivity and provide the baseline for process automation improvements.
Following the N4 implementation and acquisition of new equipment, Tecon RG is targeting an increase in MPH from 55.5 berth moves per hour to 80 through the end of 2017 and then to 100 as of 2018.
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The terminal has also purchased 42 trucks and 18 semi-trailers, in addition to hiring 80 new employees, to meet the ports new capacity.
Tecon Rio Grande is one of the few facilities along the east coast of South America that can handle some of the biggest containers ships coming to call today.
It manages 98% of the containerized cargo that passes through the Port of Rio Grande.
With 24/7 operations, the terminal receives all of the main shipping lines that connect Brazil with the rest of the world.
Since 2014, the terminal has made several investments in gate automation and process automation on billing and customs cargo clearance.
With a heavy focus on efficiency and productivity, Tecon RG is also utilizing Navis’ PrimeRoute, Expert Decking and AutoStow optimization modules.
As a next step in their engagement, the terminal will implement a Navis Business Intelligence project to ensure it uses terminal system and operational data to the fullest for terminal improvements to its management team.
Paulo Bertinetti, CEO of Tecon Rio Grande, said: “The new equipment will offer our customers greater agility, optimization of operations and increased productivity. With this, we will meet one of the main demands of our shipment customers.
“The N4 project is an important part of our strategic plan to modernize the terminal, preparing for the influx of bigger vessels and a challenging business environment, as well as reinforcing our position as the most efficient terminal in Latin America.”