Port of Santos approved to receive 14,000 TEU vessels

Aerial view of Santos Port in Brazil

The Port of Santos has received approval by the Brazilian Navy to receive vessels of 366m in length, projecting a boost of up to 7.9 million TEU by 2040.

Following the approval on 23 February, Brazil’s largest port will now be capable of handling 14,000 TEU vessels, significantly improving capacity.

Santos Port Authority (SPA) currently receives vessels of up to 340m long with a capacity of around 9,000 TEU. The recent announcement is expected to lead to an expected growth of 3.3% per year for container cargo.

The SPA has worked with the Pilotage of São Paulo and the University of São Paulo (USP) to study and perform simulations of maneuverability, hydrodynamic interactions, and mooring plans, before larger vessels were approved.

Santos Brasil, DP World, and Brasil Terminal Portuário (BTP), have each carried out a study on the viability of the arrival of vessels at this size – before delivering findings to the SPA, which then submitted to the Port Authority of Sao Paulo and the Directorate of Ports and Coasts (DPC) of the Brazilian Navy.

The Santos port complex takes in almost 30% of the national trade and is preparing for further growth in container traffic from expansions in new areas in Saboó.

Director of Operations at SPA, Marcelo Ribeiro de Souza, said: “Today the largest ship that enters the Port of Santos is 340m long.

“The entry of this ship size in the Port of Santos brings several benefits. First, it ratifies the condition of the Port of Santos as a hub port – a cargo concentrating port.

Fabio Lavor, Director of New Grants and Regulatory Policies of the Ministry of Infrastructure, added: “In practice, we will receive larger ships, which are consequently more efficient, and which have a lower cost – that is, greater movement to the Port of Santos, greater efficiency for the terminals, and especially lower logistics costs for the country.”

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