June 17 2019
APM Terminals Barcelona increases operational capacity with 29 new straddle carriers
APM Terminals Barcelona has acquired 29 new straddle carriers (SC) machines, thus increasing its capacity and operational performance in all areas of the terminal.
These new SCs, manufactured by Konecranes Noell, have a lifting capacity of 50 tonnes up to 3 heights and feature a twin lifting system. They are also equipped with the latest technology, including a PLC system that includes a Creon-S safety controller and a next generation engine that will allow APM Terminals Barcelona to save on fuel and reduce its CO2 emissions. Likewise, all machines are prepared to be automated during an upcoming phase.
This equipment has been manufactured and previously tested in Germany in order to be subsequently erected, assembled and commissioned in Barcelona according to the highest standards of quality and occupying a total area of 1 hectare in the terminal.
This investment plan is part of APM Terminals' strategy to refurbish its current fleet and increase its equipment's capacity and productivity, as well as improve the safety of the Barcelona terminal. Two new STS Super Post Panamax (SPPx) cranes from Los Angeles, United States have also recently been purchased.
So far, the acquisition of these 29 SCs has been the largest investment made in the Barcelona terminal for this type of equipment. The first SCs will be operational during the month of June, with the full implementation completed in September 2019.
With these investments, APM Terminals Barcelona renews its commitment in the Port of Barcelona, providing it with the equipment necessary to operate the most modern container ships that currently stop over in the Catalan capital.