Santos Brasil is to invest BRL37m (US$11m) in expanding and modernising Vila do Conde Container Terminal over the next two years as part of an early 15 year extension to the terminal’s lease.
The investment made by the operator will total BRL129m (US$40m), increasing Tecon Vila do Conde’s capacity to 163,000 per year.
The facility, which is located in the city of Barcarena in Pará State (96 km from the state capital Belém), handled 55,843 containers in the first nine months of 2017, an increase of 20% over the same period last year.
The growth was driven by new shipping routes to Europe and the Caribbean, as well as the development of container transportation in barges and intermodal transport.
Antonio Carlos Sepúlveda, Santos Brasil’s president, stated: “With the new investments, we will be able to efficiently meet the increase in demand, adding competitiveness to our customers, and stimulating regional development.”
In his opinion, condition improvements in the access to Vila do Conde including the Tocantins River waterway, the port’s connection to the North-South Railway and the conclusion of the BR-163 highway emphasise the importance of the Vila do Conde port to the economy of Pará State.
The terminal operator’s new investments in the terminal are mainly intended for construction work for adjusting the yard and purchasing equipment.
For the yard, the project provides for expanding the paved area and improving the drainage system, building a new entrance and exit gate, lighting, container blocks, platforms for reefer containers, electrical substations and signalling.
The equipment that will be incorporated includes one mobile harbour crane, three reachstackers and two empty container handlers for yard operations, five small forklift trucks for warehouse operations, six tractor trucks, nine semi-trailers and one fixed scanner.
The construction work is scheduled to begin in 2018, and will be concluded by 2019. It will be done in stages and will have no direct impact on the terminal’s daily operations according to a statement from Santos Brasil.