APM Terminals uses drones to improve safety and efficiency
At APM Terminals’ inland services facilities in San Antonio and Santiago, Chile, safety supervisors previously monitored activities on the ground. Now the latest technology is enabling their work to be done more effectively and safely. APM Terminals is amongst the first to use drones for security and to drive operational efficiency. The drones are clearly visible in the air above the facilities, moving about their various tasks. “Our safety supervisors are the ones tasked with keeping the people and activities at our facilities safe, but by doing their jobs next to container stacks, trucks and other machinery, they were exposed to the highest risks,” said Hector Espinoza, director for Latin America at APM Terminals’ subsidiary Container Operators S.A..
San Antonio International becomes largest container terminal in Chile
San Antonio International Terminal (STI), a joint venture of Seattle-based SSA International and Chile’s SAAM, became the largest terminal in Chile passing the milestone of 1.2m teu in 2016. SSA International and SAAM also operate San Vicente International Terminal (STVI) in Southern Chile. “For the first time, we have surpassed the 1.2m teu. We are also the first terminal in Chile to achieve this goal. To be exact, we did 726,029 moves or 1,207,465 teu. In 2015, we did 704,338 moves or 1,166,896 teu and comparing both years, we grew basically 3%,” said STI general manager Jose Iribarren. “This growth is related to increase in import cargo into Chile’s Fifth Region and empties loaded to the Eighth Region and Asia,” he added. http://www.seatrade-maritime.com/news/americas/san-antonio-international-becomes-largest-container-terminal-in-chile.html
Minister signals go ahead for new Chilean hub port
hile’s Foreign Minister used his Twitter account to confirm that construction will now go ahead of a new deep water port at San Antonio, in Valparaíso’s southern zone. The announcement co-incided with the opening of the new locks of the Panama Canal. “With the expansion of the Canal, it is anticipated that a considerable increase in our port activity [will take place]. Against this backdrop, the government is driving forward the installation of a mega-port, the Large Scale Port in San Antonio, which will exponentially boost cargo handling capacity,” he said. The new port will triple capacity of the existing ports at both Valparaíso and San Antonio, which between them handle 2.2 million containers annually. The Minister also noted that the new port would include a series of supporting services, with a hub established in respect of the overall cool chain, which would help drive Chile’s agro-industrial exports. Source: Port StrategyUpload News