The Port of Paranaguá gains more boarding capacity with the two new sets of works, which add up to R $ 509 million in investments. One is the dredging of the port access channel. The other is the expansion of the new docking port for TCP ships – the company that manages the Paranaguá Container Terminal. The works were delivered on Thursday (22), with the presence of Governor Cida Borghetti and the Minister of Transport, Ports and Civil Aviation, Valter Casimiro.
This was the first deepening dredge made in the Port of Paranaguá, in 20 years. The work received investments of R $ 394 million from the Ministry of Transport. With an average depth of 1.5 meters, each bulk carrier that docks in Paranaguá will be able to ship up to 10.5 thousand tons more, which represents a monthly increase, only in the Export Corridor, of 315 thousand tons of grains.
In TCP, with the expansion of the dock, the gain will be up to 15 thousand tons incremental per ship. The investment was approximately R $ 115 million, made by the company itself.
Cida Borghetti highlighted the position of Paraná as one of the country’s strongest grain producers. “Paraná’s production is passing through the port of Paranaguá and the increase in the terminal’s loading capacity is significant to move both the port economy and the agribusiness sector” , she said. “This represents a significant increase in the collection and makes the Port of Paranaguá remain in the national and international ranking as one of the most important ports in Latin America,” he said.
Minister Valter Casimiro also emphasized the importance of investment. “Paranaguá is the second largest port in the country, with strong grain movement, now around 50 million tons,” he said. “The dredging we deliver is important to recover the draft, reduce operating costs and ensure more competitiveness for Brazilian products in the world market,” he said.
According to Paranaguá and Antonina Ports Administration Director, Lourenço Fregonese, dredging will allow the port of Paranaguá to grow another 15 million tons by 2025. “In our port development plan we are working on a project to by 2030 we will make 82 million tons. ”
30 KILOMETERS – The dredging works for the deepening of the Port of Paranaguá were completed in November, under the terms of the project contracted by the Ministry of Transport with the company DTA Engenharia, winner of the bidding. With dredging, the Galheta Channel is 16 meters deep, one more than the current depth. Already the basin of evolution of the Channel gains another two meters of depth, going from 12 to 14 meters. The intermediate areas, located between the Galheta Channel and the basin of evolution, are between 14 and 15 meters deep.
The dredging took place in three areas that allow the access of ships in an extension of, approximately 30 kilometers. In all, 14.2 million cubic meters of sediment were dredged, enough to fill 15 football stadiums like Maracanã. The entire process of obtaining environmental licensing from the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources was conducted by Appa.
ATTENDANCE – The director of Port Infrastructure and Environmental Management of the Ministry of Transport, Bruno Semeghini; the CEO of the Paranaguá Container Terminal, Luiz Antônio Alves; director-president of the Instituto Brasil Logística, Tiago Lima; Cha Chaoling, the Counselor of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China in Brazil; the director general of the National Department of Transport Infrastructure (Denit), José da Silva Tiago; the director of the Department of Port Concessions of the Ministry of Transport, Ogarto Linhares; the federal deputy Ricardo Barros, the federal deputy Cristiane Yared; the Special Secretary of Labor, Paulo Rossi; mayors and councilors of the coast; leaders and employees of Porto.
TCP may operate three large ships at the same time
At TCP, the wharf will pass from the current 879 meters to 1,099 meters in length and from 40.75 meters to 50 meters in width. With the expansion, the terminal will be able to simultaneously operate three of the largest and most modern container ships – in addition to car shipping vessels. The Paranaguá Container Terminal will increase its handling capacity by 60%, from 1.5 million TEUs / year to 2.5 million TEUs / year.
In 2019 TCP will also complete works to extend the terminal’s backspace, from a current 330,000 square meters to around 500,000 square meters. The investments are of R $ 468 million.
The works at the Paranaguá Container Terminal are part of the agreement for the early renewal of the terminal’s lease for another 25 years, starting in 2024, signed in April 2016 with the Federal Government. The investment package, the largest in the Brazilian port sector at the moment, exceeds R $ 600 million.
ABOUT TCP – TCP is the company that manages the Paranaguá Container Terminal – one of the largest container terminals in South America – and the logistics company TCP Log, which provides services for the integration of the logistics chain for cargo located in the South and Southeast Brazil.
Since March 2018, TCP has integrated the portfolio of China Merchants Port Holding Company (CMPort), China’s largest and most competitive developer, investor and public port operator. In March 2018, CMPort’s global portfolio of ports spanned 6 continents, 17 countries and regions and 34 ports. In 2017 CMPort handled 100 million TEUs.
Source: APPA – Administração dos Portos de Paranaguá e Antonina