The international container terminal operating company headquartered in The Hague, APM Terminals has invested EUR 47 million (USD 53 million) in the Port of Barcelona over recent months.
The most recent investment was the acquisition of 29 new straddle carriers, which will help APM Terminals Barcelona improve efficiency once operational this month.
“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. 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," said Narcís Pavón, General Manager of APM Terminals Barcelona.
APM Terminals Barcelona provided an overview of the company's short and middle-term projects last week. Representatives of the port community, including the president of the Port of Barcelona, Mercè Conesa, and the deputy director of State Ports, Javier Martín Santodomingo attended.
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 tonnes and can also operate in TWIN mode (2x20’), which allows the terminal to further increase efficiency, offering customers the highest productivity out of all the Mediterranean terminals.
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 tonnes 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 – available to both desktop and mobile users.