Brazil to Invest Millions in Automation


An investment of more than US$37 million is to be made at a container terminal in the Port of Manaus, Brazil, in order to automate the facility.

The container terminal, Super Terminais, is the twenty-fifth facility to be granted Terminal de Uso Privado (TUP) which translates from Portuguese as ‘Private Use Terminal’, according to the Journal of Commerce.

General Manager at Super Terminais Bruno Waskow said that the 25-year TUP to gives confidence to backers who will support the investment and future expansion plans.

Waskow added: “At Superterminais we will add more automation to our operations. In Brazil, and especially in Manaus, we are different from the US and Japan. We work with a lot of manual staff so we must improve our procedures and cut our operating costs by bringing in more automation.”

There are also plans for a third container handling facility in addition to Super Terminais and one other terminal in Manaus.

The plan is expected to go-ahead once the Brazilian Tribunal da Contas de Uniao (Court of Audit) has made an investigation into the proposed project’s tender processes.

In Manaus, MOL, Zim Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co make regular port calls at Super Terminais, with 45% of the deep-sea cargo unloaded at Manaus handled by the terminal.

Brazil to Invest Millions in Automation. (Source: Maritime Executive)

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