Expansion of Brazil's biggest container port TECON Santos continues
BRAZIL's Port of Santos has started the work of deepening the pier and reinforcing the structure for the installation of rails for new ship to shore cranes at TECON Santos - the largest container terminal in South America
BRAZIL's Port of Santos has started the work of deepening the pier and reinforcing the structure for the installation of rails for new ship to shore cranes at TECON Santos - the largest container terminal in South America.
The work is the next stage of the terminal's modernisation and expansion project and requires investments of US$18 million and a duration of 15 months, reports Seatrade Maritime News, Colchester, Essex.
The work will be carried out along 1,090 metres of the mooring dock and will increase the maximum depth of the dock to 16 metres. Currently, cradle 3 of TECON already has 16 metres of depth.
There will also be reinforcing the pier structure to receive rails for the new state-of-the-art gates that are part of the terminal's modernisation project. The first two gates - out of a total of eight - have already arrived at TECON and started operating on April 3.
The new work, for which the construction company Piacentini do Brasil was hired, will be carried out in parallel with the other work already underway in the terminal. With the conclusion of the two work fronts, scheduled for mid-2021, the entire extension of the TECON Santos and TEV berthing piers will have a maximum depth of 16 metres.
The project to expand and modernise TECON Santos is fundamental for the Port of Santos and Brazil's foreign trade. It will allow the terminal to receive up to three post-panamax vessels (366 metres) simultaneously, adapting it to the new category of vessels planned to call at the port in the coming years.
The company has a long-term vision and does not intend to change its investment plan due to the crisis caused by Covid-19, explained Antonio Carlos Sepulveda, president of Santos Brazil. 'The port sector has strategic importance for the country and our responsibility to society requires that we are prepared to meet future demands with quality,' he said.
The terminal's handling capacity will be increased by at least 20 per cent, from two million TEU to 2.4 million TEU annually.