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Portnave invests in new handling equipment

Portonave is acquiring 25 new terminal tractors – reinforced trucks exclusively for handling containers inside the port – and two lithium battery-powered forklifts, through an investment of $3m.

The terminal currently has 40 terminal tractors in operation and will replace the 25 oldest ones, in operation since 2007. 

“The capacity of the new trucks is 25% greater than the capacity of the equipment that will be replaced. They have a very strong and reinforced structure, better shock absorbers, and are prepared to increase the volume of the operation,” said Marcelo Diniz, Portonave maintenance manager.

The two electric forklift trucks with lithium batteries are an improvement when compared to equipment powered by LPG. The new EFG 425K forklifts are already in operation in the terminal’s warehouse and are the first powered by electricity in port operations in the southern region of Brazil.

In addition to providing more comfort to the operators, the equipment does not produce heat or noise, and reduce operating costs.

With 900m linear quay, Portonave has three berths and an annual capacity of 1.5m teu. Located in the city of Navegantes, Santa Catarina state, Portonave started operating in October 2007, as Brazil’s first private port terminal.

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