Mexico’s Terminal Internacional de Manzanillo (TIMSA), part of Hutchison Port Holdings, has invested US$2.635M to acquire 140 tipping containers and two RAM Revolver spreaders for use with mobile harbour cranes, specifically with mineral bulk consignments in mind.
The new equipment was first used in April on behalf of logistics services provider Impala Terminals México, part of Netherlands-based Trafigura. Around 7,200t of copper concentrate was shipped in the containers to the port, and the containers were then rotated 360 degrees to load the cargo into the holds of MV FEDERAL HUNTER.
The port claims loading rates can reach 1,600 tph, based on each container holding 35t of bulk materials. The containers have a lid to eliminate cargo loss and dust in transport. In an initial phase, Terminal Internacional de Manzanillo expects to be able to handle around 2.5 Mtpa of containerised bulk minerals using the container rotating technology.