Brazil is proposing a major new US$446 million container terminal at the site of Pontal de Parana, just outside of the Port of Paranagua in the south of Brazil, which will aim to benefit shippers and will have a capacity of two million TEU, according to The Journal of Commerce.
The area already has a number of container terminals, including six at the Port of Santos. Terminal operator Gulftainer operates a terminal in Brazil – the Recife Terminal – which has recorded 97% year-on-year growth in Q1, 2015.
Robert Grantham, former Commercial Director for the Itajai Port Authority, said: “It seems to me that the capacity being offered at the moment is more than enough, especially if you include what is about to be constructed.
“In the south already we have new container facilities – at Portonave and Porto Itapoa – and those two plus APMT Itajai are all in the process of expanding into bigger areas. I think what will be available after those improvements will meet the demand for the near future.”
Despite the container growth that is present at a number of Brazilian ports, Brazilian pilots have previously expressed concerned over the safety of mega-ships berthing at ports and that more dredging would be required to service them.