Paranaguá Container Terminal prepares to berth larger vessels

Paranaguá Container Terminal

Terminal de Contêineres de Paranaguá (TCP) has announced the increase of the operational draft of its Paranaguá Container Terminal in Brazil for the circulation of larger vessels.

The berth daft has been increased from 12.3 to 13 metres.

According to TCP, the new measure provides safer operating conditions for the terminal’s entry and exit, allowing an increase in the number of containers handled per ship and the expansion of stopovers and space for shipments.

The first stage to increase the draft was concluded in June. The next stages seek to increase capacity in the main access channel.

The project has been approved by Portos do Paraná (Paranaguá and Antonina Ports Administration), the Brazilian Navy and Pilotage.

“Now we are working on a well-defined plan, together with the Port Authority of Paraná, Port Authority, and Pilotage, to move forward as soon as possible with the approvals for the deepening of the access channel, fundamental for the berthing of larger ships,” said Thomas Lima, Commercial and Institutional Director of the Paranaguá Container Terminal – who described the increase in draft as vital for the port.

“The goal is to reach a depth at which we are able to receive the new generation of ships and thus further increase our handling capacity, consolidating us as a mandatory stop for important maritime routes for foreign trade.”

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The gradual increase in operation was possible thanks to the investment of the public administration in maritime infrastructure in recent years, reported TCP.

From 2015 until now, there has been an expansion of the operational draft of the Port of Paranaguá by 2,000 TEU per vessel.

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