Barcelona, Spain (PortSEurope) June 18, 2019 – APM Terminals, a subsidiary of the Danish shipper and terminal operator Maersk, has invested €47 million ($52.6 million) in facilities in Barcelona port to buy 29 straddle carriers from Konecranes Noell.
Narcís Pavón, managing director of La Terminal de Contenedores del Muelle Sur (TCM), said it was the largest investment by the company locally.
The machines are suitable to be automated in the future, with the intention of reducing costs and increasing efficiency. The cranes can lift up to 50 tonnes and are equipped with a system to save fuel and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Other investments that APM has made in Barcelona are the purchase of two cranes for ships that transport up to 13,500 containers, a platform for refrigerated connections and technological innovations that allow to consult in real time the state of the ships.
TCM is 100% owned by APM Terminals and has an annual throughput capacity of 2.3 million TEU.
Barcelona’s hinterland accounts for 80% of the port’s total cargo volume. A large variety of industries are located in the hinterland, including automotive, textile, chemical and pharmaceuticals. It is benefits from close proximity to the ZAL – Logistics Activities Zone – and the duty-free area, Consorcio de la Zona Franca. Leading international brands including Ikea, Decathlon, Lidl, Amazon, Schneider Electric, Honda Logistics, Inditex, and Mango have also located their distribution centres in Barcelona.
The terminal has the benefit of being located on the entrance canal to the port. It has its own on-dock rail connection, immediate access to the motorway network and automated gate access for optimum intermodal efficiency. Customs offices are also located inside the terminal to optimise the logistics process.
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