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SFT Fenders for Specialized Car Terminal in Mexico
ShibataFenderTeam recently delivered fender systems for the Specialized Car Terminal (TEA) in Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacan, the first of its kind in Mexico.
The project of operator SSA Mexico involved an investment of US$ 50 million to build the infrastructure and the 600m berth with three docking positions. The building of the car terminal is an important development for Lazaro Cardenas and an economic growth for the Mexican automotive industry, as it has a capacity to mobilize more than 700,000 vehicles per year and houses almost half a million.
We received the order in May 2017 and the installation of 18 sets of SPC Cone Fenders was finally finished in January 2018. Only 2 months later the terminal started operations with the arrival of two car carriers, transporting more than 5,000 cars.
Our fenders were specially designed for the berthing of car carriers. The dedicated use of the berth for car carriers is an important step for the port. Before this investment, there were several kinds of cargo being handled together, some of them corrosive which was not in line with the demanding quality control of the automotive industry, according to Claudia Sanchez, Director of Public and Government Relations of SSA Mexico.
The Specialized Car Terminal is the second terminal in Lazaro Cardenas which is equipped with our fender systems (APM Terminal). We are proud to be part of the development of Lazaro Cardenas and Mexico.