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Brazilian port operator Santos Brasil has invested 100mn reais (US$43mn) for the purchase of 13 new gantry cranes for container loading operations for the Tecon 1 terminal at Santos, Brazil's largest port, local daily Valor Econômico reported.
The company bought 10 rubber-tired gantries, each for 4mn reais, and three gantries that move over tracks. These gantries can handle carriers with up to 7,500 TEUs.
Santos Brasil believes that the new equipment would increase the terminal's productivity from an average of 45 TEU-operations an hour to an average of more than 50 an hour. The maximum capacity could reach 70 TEUs an hour during peak times.
The new equipment could bring a 25% growth for the terminal's 2005 container operations, up to 710,000 TEUs. Within the first eight months of 2005, 453,300 TEUs were handled at Tecon Santos, 27% over 2004's figure for the same period.
Tecon 1 is the largest container terminal site in Brazil.