Paranaguá Container Terminal reaches new heights in 2022

Paranaguá container terminal

The Paranaguá Container Terminal has closed 2022 with its highest figures in history, handling 1.16 million TEU.

This result stands 5 per cent higher than the previous year, when the terminal handled 1.1 million TEU.

Record-breaking figures came as a result of continuous investments better serve importers, exporters, and shipowners, explained James Cao, CEO of Terminal de Contêineres de Paranaguá (TCP), which manages the terminal.

These improvements, in turn, resulted in more vessels being operated at a faster pace and a significant reduction in the number of omissions.

For 2023, the company plans to further enhance its equipment yard and cargo handling capabilities.

Exports were a particular highlight for the company, with frozen cargo being the leading segment, handling 208,479 TEU, an 8 per cent increase from the previous year.

To further solidify its position as a leader in the meat market infrastructure in South America, the company plans to expand the number of plugs for reefer containers from 3,572 to 5,126. Additionally, TCP is investing in a power substation to support these expansions.

The growth of the Paranaguá Container Terminal can also be attributed to its railroad modal, as one in every five export containers arrive at the terminal by rail. This makes the company the only one in the south of the Brazil with direct access in a bonded area and saw a 40 per cent increase in the number of TEU handled by rail, reaching 189,014 in 2022.

In September 2022, TCP purchased 11 Rubber Tyred Gantry cranes.

The new RTGs from Chinese crane manufacturer Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company Limited (ZPMC) were scheduled to arrive by December 2023.

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