The Port of Rotterdam Authority and Terminal Presidente Kennedy (TPK) Logistica have finally reached an agreement to jointly develop a new deep sea port north of Rio de Janeiro in Espirito Santo, the so-called industrial heart of Brazil.
Porto Central, as it will be known, will be used for the handling of oil, gas, dry bulk, containers and general cargo. The greenfield project, which has been in planning since 2012, will also serve as a support centre for the Brazil’s growing offshore sector.
In a statement, the Port of Rotterdam Authority said that its main role will be to assist TPK Logisitica with its knowledge and expertise in the field of port development. An investment decision however will not be made at this stage or at least until the necessary permits are obtained.
Approximately 30 million tonnes of cargo is transported each year between Brazil and the Port of Rotterdam. The port authority has been operating in the South American country since 2010, when it was approached by the Brazilian government to advise on a strategic study into remodelling the Brazilian port sector. Four port authority employees currently work in Brazil.
TPK Logistica is owned by a group of Brazilian companies within the mining, construction and offshore industries.