ABB electrifies APMT Mexican terminal

This latest order will boost the Port of Lázaro Cárdenas, where Latin America’s first semi-automated container terminal is being built
This latest order will boost the Port of Lázaro Cárdenas, where Latin America’s first semi-automated container terminal is being built
This latest order will boost the Port of Lázaro Cárdenas, where Latin America’s first semi-automated container terminal is being built
This latest order will boost the Port of Lázaro Cárdenas, where Latin America’s first semi-automated container terminal is being built

ABB is to supply a complete electrification and crane automation solution for APM Terminals’ (APMT) new Mexican terminal at the Port of Lázaro Cárdenas.

The scope of the order includes a turnkey substation with a grid connection, terminal and crane electrical systems, crane automation systems and an overall power management system.

“We selected one proven and reliable supplier for the whole scope from the substation with a grid connection, up to crane automation. ABB with its technologies and track record in supplying electrical systems and automation solutions for crane operations was a natural choice”, said Tiemen Meester, vice president for business implementation at APM Terminals.

“The terminal electrification solution combined with our intelligent automation provide a complete portfolio that reduces risk and investment cost for our customers, and enables safer, greener and more productive container handling at the terminals”, added Fred Hoonaard, group vice president, ABB Crane and Harbour.

This latest order will boost the Port of Lázaro Cárdenas, the second busiest port on the Mexican Pacific coast, and where Latin America’s first semi-automated container terminal is being built. The terminal’s five ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, 22 automatic stacking cranes and two railway cranes all equipped with ABB’s crane automation systems will enable an annual throughput capacity of 1.2 million teu.

ABB’s electrification solution consists of a 115 kV turnkey substation with a grid connection to the high voltage grid of CFE, the Mexican utility company. ABB will also supply several distribution substations, reefer substations and building substations as well as terminal lighting.

The first phase of the new terminal will have three berths and a total quay length of 750m.

“The new terminal will improve efficiency for shipping lines as well as exporters and importers, alleviating bottlenecks and improving cost efficiencies in the transportation of containers through the West coast of Mexico,” concluded Mr Meester.

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