Brazil’s TCP inaugurates Paranagua Container Terminal expansion works

TCP, the company that manages Brazil’s Paranagua Container Terminal, has inaugurated the terminal expansion works worth over $145m, making it the largest development in the Brazilian port sector in recent years.

The project includes the extension of the quay from 879m to 1,099m in length and from 40.75m to 50m in width, giving the terminal the capacity to handle simultaneously three large box ships. It also began the operation of two cranes manufactured by ZPMC. The container year will also be expanded from 330,000 sqm to around 500,000 sqm.

Paranagua Container Terminal will increase its handling capacity by 60% from an annual volume of 1.5m teu to 2.5m teu. The terminal’s container yard will also be expanded from 330,000 sqm to around 500,000 sqm.

China Merchants Port Holdings Company (CMPort), one of the world’s largest container terminal operators, agreed to pay US private equity firm Advent $680m in 2017 for a 90% share of TCP, the operator of Brazil’s second largest container terminal, terminal de Conteineres de Paranagua, TCP.

As part of its long-term plans in Brazil, CMPort aims to invest an additional $133m in the Paranagua terminal by 2048.

TCP’s expansion was part of the agreement for early renewal of the terminal lease for another 25 years starting from 2024, signed in April 2016 with the Federal Government.

“The works greatly expand the capacity of the port, strengthen the industry of Paraná and, obviously, Brazil, as they will have the opportunity to export even more, and of course, also strengthen the Brazilian economy,” said Carlos Massa Ratinho jr, governor of the state of Parana.

Posted 22 October 2019

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Americas Correspondent, Seatrade Maritime News Seatrade correspondent Michele Labrut has continuously covered the maritime sector of Central & Latin America since moving to Panama City in the 1980s. Author of Seatrade's annual Panama Maritime Review and of several books, Michele also writes for Time magazine and the Economist Intelligence Unit. In 2012 she was awarded the Order of Merit (Knight grade) by the French Government for her services to international journalism.

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