Port and terminal operator APM Terminals Barcelona has invested EUR 47 million (USD 53 million) in the Spanish Port of Barcelona over recent months.
This was announced last week while APMT Barcelona was
providing an overview of its short and middle-term projects.
“These recent investments are part of APM Terminals’
strategy to modernize its current fleet and increase equipment capacity and
productivity, as well as improving safety at the Barcelona terminal,” Narcís
Pavón, General Manager of APM Terminals Barcelona, explained.
“We have renewed our commitment to the Port of Barcelona,
equipping ourselves with the latest technology necessary to service the most
modern container ships that currently stopover in the Catalan capital.”
The most recent investment was the acquisition of 29 new
straddle carriers, which will help APM Terminals Barcelona improve efficiency
once operational this month.
The terminal also took delivery of two new Super
Post-Panamax cranes in April this year. The two new ship-to-shore cranes, which
are now operational, allow operations with ships of up to 23 containers across
the beam. In addition, they are capable of lifting 100 tons and can also
operate in TWIN mode, which allows the terminal to further increase efficiency.
This year the terminal also increased its reefer capacity by
31% through the installation of reefer racks that enable reefer containers to
be stacked four high. The terminal now has a total of 632 connections, which
allow for the expansion and increased rotation for equipment connections as
well as complementary services.
At the same time, the electrical capacity of the terminal
was also improved, leading to a reduction in CO2 emissions of 600 tons per
annum. This is the largest investment of its kind made in the Barcelona terminal.
Also in support of high operational standards related to
efficiency and security, APM Terminals launched real-time container tracking
and vessel schedules via its website.
In June, APM Terminals Barcelona also received Authorised
Economic Operator (AEO) status for protection and security from the Spanish Tax
Agency. This certification standardizes the terminal’s customs operations,
closing the circuit of customs processing and security in national and European
transport. The purpose of the AEO status is to apply more rigorous and
effective security measures and at the same time facilitate the flow of goods
in international trade.
“With this operation, APM Terminals demonstrates its firm
commitment to efficiency and to providing greater transparency in the logistics
chain, thanks to an innovative service that permits users to see the real-time
status of containers. Improved energy efficiency of the new equipment will also
result in reduced emissions,” Mercè Conesa, President of the Port of Barcelon,
“The company’s significant investment underpin the Port of
Barcelona’s strategic plans, based on competitiveness, sustainability and
innovation,” Conesa further said.