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Tuxpan Port Terminal Project Wins International Accolades

The new state-of-the-art Tuxpan Port Terminal; photo courtesy of SSA Mexico.

The Tuxpan Port Terminal (TPT) project recently received two important CEMEX Building Awards for its sustainable approach to infrastructure design and construction. Tuxpan is located on the Atlantic coast of Mexico, about 150 miles from Mexico City, in between the ports of Veracruz and Altamira. In planning and designing TPT, BergerABAM used an innovative combination of deep soil mixing; land- and marine-based pile installation; and precast, prestressed concrete, to enable the development of a state-of-the-art container terminal in an environmentally sensitive and geotechnically unstable area.

Sponsored by one of the largest cement manufacturers in the world, the CEMEX Building Awards recognize the application of new concrete technologies in projects with a high degree of sustainability, encouraging the exchange of ideas and solutions amongst the world’s different construction industries. TPT took first place in the Infrastructure category for projects located in Mexico. TPT went on to take third place in the International Infrastructure category.

TPT's dock is 560 meters long with four ship-to-shore cranes and eight automatic stacking cranes, as well as top loaders, side loaders, and 30 trucks. The project includes a 5,000-square-meter warehouse with dedicated equipment for storage and handling steel products and less-than-container-load cargo, as well as an exclusively staffed customs facility.

TPT’s automated and advanced handling processes engage as soon as the container truck arrives at the gate. A security tag than tracks its movements as the vehicle enters the terminal grounds, where an automated crane will position itself to load or discharge the cargo. Using laser lights, the crane can detect if the truck is in the precise position to then automatically transport the container to the ship. This process allows for a quicker turnaround time for trucks loading and discharging containers and faster processing times for vessels berthing in Tuxpan. Thanks to the automation of processes and to teamwork, it was possible for customers to begin to withdraw their cargo at only 17 hours after the completion of the discharge of the vessel.

"We have built a world-class terminal, prepared a world-class workforce with world-class technology, to serve all of our customers with first-class service!" said John Bressi, general manager of TPT. “The port’s technology is expected to be a key selling point,” continued Bressi, who has called it “the most state-of-the-art port in Latin America.” “The cranes are semi-automated, with laser-guided systems to assist the operator, and yard cranes that are fully automated robots.”

For this year’s award competition, the CEMEX Building Award received 545 entries in the Mexico national edition, from which 18, including TPT, were selected as winners. The international edition received 70 project entries from Colombia, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, Latvia, Nicaragua, Panama, Poland, Puerto Rico, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and Mexico—a total of 17 countries.

The selection panel comprised 13 representatives from the architectural and building industries, scholars, and private organizations from seven countries and assessed the projects submitted for their construction and architectural processes and solutions, their incorporation of sustainability features, and their valued creation for society.