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Pioneers at Río Paraguay

The success story of Terport

The Río Paraguay rises in Brazil, flows through Bolivia and Paraguay before it reaches the Atlantic Ocean in Argentina. It is one of the most important rivers for transportation and logistics within South America. A network of ports is located along the river as it meanders southward with a long history - the locals call it "water that goes to water". One of the most successful pioneers of container handling in the region is port operator Ricardo dos Santos, Executive Director of Terport San Antonio and Villeta. At both ports, Terport relies on Liebherr cranes.

Terport Villeta in a nutshell

First stop in, last stop out

Due to its geographically favourable location, the terminal is the first stop for imports and the last for exports in the area of the capital Asunción.

Independent of water level

Even in times of extremely low water levels the terminal is able to operate 365 days per year without any limitations.

Pivot on the Río Paraguay

A total of 90,000 TEU of empty and full containers are handled per year. This corresponds to more than 50 % of the total container traffic in Paraguay.

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FCC 280 - The innovative low weight multi-tool

A key factor for the success of the terminal is the fast and smooth transfer between ship and truck - a job being done by two Liebherr FCC 280. A special highlight of the cranes is that they are powered by onshore electricity and thus operate with local zero emissions.

  • Balanced movements

    due to the wide boom head

  • Good maintenance options

    due to the closed box-boom design with flat surfaces

  • More safety during crane operations

    due to the double acting cylinders

  • Longer life cycle of the crane

    due to the protected components inside the crane

  • Small footprint of the crane

    due to the fixed pedestal

Compact: Space-saving design

Due to the small diameter of the crane base column, a minimum area is taken up on the pier. As a result, there is sufficient space for continuing logistics even at smaller quay edges.

Long: 38 m outreach

With its outreach of 38 m, the cylinder-luffing crane enables the efficient unloading of vessels up to Panamax beam respectively eight rows of containers.

Fast: 50 containers per hour

Each FCC 280 can lift 25 containers per hour. For the Terport terminal in Villeta, this means handling up to 50 containers per hour.

Future success

Paraguay is a steadily growing country. Already, the Terport Villeta Terminal handles large volumes of Paraguay's total container traffic. Taking into account the increasing trade volume, container handling will increase even further in the coming years.

From the very beginning, the port was designed to operate with up to four fixed cargo cranes at the pier. With the installation of two more cranes to follow in the next few years, more containers will be handled at the port.

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