Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Container Terminal Switches on to Cheap Power

Sun Shines on South American Box Handlers
Shipping News Feature
URUGUAY – APM Terminals Inland Services Uruguay switched on 648 solar panels this month, capable of producing 228.6 MWh per year, enough to meet around 80% of the container handling facility's entire annual consumption. By switching to their own renewable energy source, Montevideo Port Services as the complex is otherwise known, will aim to reduce its CO2 emissions by almost 50 tonnes per year.

As a result of the project, which took 45 days to install, around 80% of the facilities total energy consumption will be generated by solar panels, including container operations such as reefer plugs, Pre-Trip Inspections and repairs. Juan Robatto, General Manager of Inland Services Argentina & Uruguay, commented:

“We’re proud to celebrate this milestone, which sets the benchmark for sustainability in Uruguay and sends the right signal to all our stakeholders about our commitment to tackling climate change. We’re now able to offer our customers a competitive as well as completely green product."

To promote this advancement a Pre-Trip Inspection (PTI) sticker will be included on all containers to reflect the use of clean energy and include the country’s own ‘Uruguay Natural’ branding. This latest environmental move by APM mirrors the efforts of both parent group Maersk, and its latest major acquisition, Hapag lloyd.

APM Terminals previously installed solar panels capable of producing more than 500 MWh at its Mumbai facility in 2016, with plans to continue expanding capacity. This was particularly significant in India where approximately 70% of electrical power is generated by burning fossil fuels.