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Too big for Buenos Aires shallows, ships find deeper water via cabotage

DIVERSIFIED Brazilian shipping group Wilson, Son, has received a major boost as mega ships bring more cargo to its two terminals because today's vessels are too big to dock at the shallow Port of Buenos Aires

19 March 2020 - 19:00

DIVERSIFIED Brazilian shipping group Wilson, Son, has received a major boost as mega ships bring more cargo to its two terminals because today's vessels are too big to dock at the shallow Port of Buenos Aires.

French shipping giant CMA CGM and other carriers now prefer to dock their River Plate transshipment cargo at Tecon Rio Grande in southern Brazil) and Tecon Salvador in northern Brazil, reports Port Strategy, of Fareham, Hampshire.



'This arrangement is great news for us and it is good timing as from March or April of this year we will also see our new berth come on-stream,' said Tecon Salvador executive director Demir Lourenco, who expects 500 TEU a month and 6,000 TEU a year from the development.



'This will double our berthing length allowing us to handle two large ships and one smaller vessel simultaneously. It will increase our annual capacity from 430,000 TEU up to 530,000 TEU,' he said.



Mr Lourenco added that Tecon Salvador can currently handle vessels of up to 307 metres but when the new berth is operational over the next few months, the limit will rise to 366 metres.



For many years, shipping lines have been researching options to avoid the extra two to three days sailing down to the River Plate from Rio Grande, especially with the restricted draft making it almost impossible for the larger vessels to call at Buenos Aires.



Now, with improved and expanding cabotage and Gran Cabotage services, calling at Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina options for carriers are greater.



As a result, Mercosul Line (CMA CGM), Alianca Navegacao (Hamburg Sud/Maersk Line) and Brazilian owned LogIn Logistica Ltda, are all providing numerous services from Manaus - in the Amazonas jungle region - all the way to the south of Brazil, and then Montevideo (Uruguay) and turning at Buenos Aires and/or Zarate and La Plata (Argentina).



With the Sirius/Bossa Nova service, in which CMA CGM operates two vessels and Maersk Line five ships, Tecon Salvador is to become the hub for CMA CGM's Argentina/Uruguay import cargo from the Mediterranean and TRG will load Argentine/Uruguay export cargoes from now until further notice..


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