A sensation on the seas since leaving Shanghai, China, at the beginning of August, the bulk carrier Pyxis Ocean entered Paranaguá Bay this Friday (15) where it will be anchored before docking. The Port of Paranaguá is the first in Brazil to receive the vessel. In the port of Paraná, which is recognized for its infrastructure and capacity for innovation, it will be loaded with 63 thousand tons of soybean meal.
The cargo ship, chartered by Cargill, is being hailed on its maiden voyage because it uses metallic sails, which can help reduce emissions by up to 30%. This system could be the biggest differentiator in the future of commercial navigation.
The technology, called BAR Tech WindWings, was developed by BAR Technologies, in partnership with Yara Marine Technologies, with support from the European Union. It seeks innovation and gains in operating costs, in addition to reducing pollutant emissions. BRA works on nautical projects, including experience in ocean regattas, such as the America’s Cup.
In May last year, the Port of Paranaguá had already received the ship MV Afros, also a bulk carrier and which used rotating sails to help with propulsion and reduce fuel consumption. Savings can reach 12.5% thanks to the rotors that rotate with the passage of the wind and help propel the vessel. Like the Pyxis Ocean, it has a combustion engine, but in this case it can operate with less power and use less fossil fuel.
Portos do Paraná is a signatory to the UN Global Compact and has stood out in attracting vessels that are aligned in the quest to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “It is with great joy that we receive this new vessel, the result of our commercial productivity and our internationally recognized environmental commitment”, said the CEO of Portos do Paraná, Luiz Fernando Garcia.
EAST CORRIDOR – The operation will take place in the Eastern Export Corridor of the Port of Paranaguá, which in the first 8 months of this year handled 15.3 million tons of grains (soybeans and corn) and soybean meal. This movement represents a growth of 17.5% compared to the same period in 2022. Just of soybeans, the Eastern Corridor shipped 9.2 million tons, almost 26% more compared to 2022. At the same time, soybean meal grew by 5% and corn by 8.5%, numbers that demonstrate the efficiency of Paranaguá’s port structure.
Source: Portos do Paraná