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Chile’s DP World Lirquén inaugurates Super Post Panamax cranes

DP World DP World's Lirquen terminal
Chile’s DP World Lirquén terminal has received two state-of-the-art Super Post Panamax (STS) cranes.

The cranes are expected to bring more efficiency and growth at one of the main terminals of the Southern Bio Bio Region. The $45M-investment will enable a 30% increase in the productivity of the port entity. They will also reduce the carbon footprint generated by the private port's operations by 11%.

"The two new 22 row-cranes (of a total of three), the most modern of their kind , together with support equipment in the yard such as reach stackers and Port trucks, will increase  productivity on the quay, in addition to the incorporation of modern Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology that  will speed up the process and improve the safety of the Terminal,” said Michael Spoerer, general manager of DP World Lirquén.

"Training of the Chilean operators was done at the largest private multimodal terminal in Brazil, DP World Santos, where they learnt these modern technologies, validating the importance of DP World's global logistics leadership," he added.

The new cranes include state-of-the-art energy-saving technologies which are projected to increase productivity by 30% and reduce the carbon footprint by 11%, resulting in direct benefits for customers' cargoes and improved service quality. “This is in addition to the recent 30% reduction of the footprint thanks to the use of 100% clean energy.”

DP World Chile - through its terminals DP World Lirquen and DP World San Antonio - recently renewed its certification as the first port operator in South America to use 100% renewable energy.

“This investment confirms DP World's decision to enhance its commercial offer for containers on the West Coast of South America and be a long-term strategic facilitator of cargo for Chilean importers and exporters in containers, pulp and paper ships, wind turbine ships and RoRo vessels," Spoerer said.

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