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16 Dec 2013

The new Super Post Panamax equipment is lit by LED floodlights at several power ratings up to 400 watts, located at various heights up to 68m.

TCV Stevedoring Company SA, the container terminal in Valencia belonging to Grup TCB, has purchased and implemented the first STS Super Post Panamax crane in the world, lit entirely with LED technology.

This solution was developed and provided by Ingenieria de Aplicaciones Energeticas SL (EDAE).

The new TCV gantry crane weighs 1,600 tonnes and is 70m high and 134m long. It is 44m high under the spreader and is capable of working with vessels with a capacity of up to 14,000 containers.

The new Super Post Panamax equipment is lit by LED floodlights at several power ratings up to 400 watts, located at various heights up to 68m, depending on specific lighting needs. It also has 10 and 22 watt LED tubes with vibration damping technology for transit areas and technical rooms on the crane.

Each High Flux LED floodlight, with various different power ratings, replaces one of the 250, 400W or 1,000W high pressure sodium vapour lamps of the original project, providing the lighting levels required at the terminal, improving light uniformity and achieving energy savings of 66% with respect to the original design.

Changing from yellow to white light leads to increases in both safety and productivity in operations as it improves the perception of distance and therefore the speed of approach to the loading and unloading area.

Investment in these engineered luminaires makes it possible to incorporate and integrate flow management devices and adapt artificial light according to need at sunset and dawn, maintaining constant light levels and enabling improved savings ratios.

After pre-testing and the decision to adopt this solution for the STS crane under construction, TCV has also built it into other STS cranes, in their spreaders up to 40m, to improve the availability of container operating capacity, and to avoid the drawbacks and cost overruns caused by premature failure of the 1,000W bulbs due to vibration during movement of the vehicle carrying the container.

So far TCV has installed 58 400W floodlights, as well as others with lower ratings of 210W and 180W. These 58 floodlights provide annual savings in CO2 emissions of 94 tonnes.

This provides TCV with a lighting installation with more efficient, reliable and secure power and performance for its commitment to the environment, in accordance with the requirements of its Operating and Investment policy.

Source: Maritime Journal

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