Liebherr Cranes at Land Locked Contanier Port on Río Paraguay – Video
River that gives birth to the sea: That’s what the name “Paraguay” means in Guaraní, the language of the indigenous people. Although this country in the heart of South America has no direct access to the sea, the country’s goods are transported almost exclusively by ship. More precisely, via the Rio Paraguay – one of the region’s most important trade routes.
To ensure a smooth flow, the exchange of goods between water and land must take place as efficiently as possible. Everything from foodstuffs and consumer goods to important raw materials for the region’s industry is handled. This requires state-of-the-art port technology, especially with regard to container transport.
The river is extremely important for modern-day Paraguay. Because the waterway provides an essential link to international trade and thus to the rest of the world. The Río Paraguay and the Río Paraná, which also has its source in Brazil, together form one of the most extensive waterways in the world. Almost all freight is transported by ship.
In order to ensure that everything runs smoothly, the transfer of goods between water and land has to be as efficient as possible. Everything from food to consumer goods to important raw materials for the region’s industry is handled. This calls for cutting-edge port technology, particularly with regard to container transport. One person who knows more about this than anyone is Ricardo dos Santos. He is the port operator of the Terports San Antonio and Villeta, the most modern container terminals on the Río Paraguay. The location of Terport Villeta makes the terminal the first port of call for all imports and exports in the region surrounding the capital, Asunción. “That is why the port is open 365 days a year,” says dos Santos. “Even when water levels are low, the port can still operate,” explains the experienced terminal operator proudly.
Each year, over 50 per cent of all Paraguayan container transport passes through Terport Villeta. In order to manage this volume of transshipment between river and land, between terminal and ship, dos Santos relies on state-of-the-art equipment at the terminal: Liebherr maritime cranes – or to be more precise, two cranes type FCC 280. Thanks to their compact design, they make optimal use of the limited space. Moreover, thanks to their 38-metre jib working radius, ships up to Panamax width or eight rows of containers can be loaded and unloaded efficiently.
Last but not least, the cranes are very fast – each of them can handle up to 25 containers an hour. For the Terport terminal in Villeta, this means the transshipment of up to 50 containers an hour.
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