Located 32 miles from Ceará’s state capital of Fortaleza, the Port Terminal of Pecém provides two 350 m berths and a draught of 16 m. The offshore terminal connects to a storage yard of 380,000 sq m that contains two warehouses, three refrigerated chambers and 624 reefer plugs.
The Port of Pecém is the closest Brazilian port to the USA, the Caribbean and Europe, with transit times as short as six days to both the ports of New York and Algeciras. CTO was established as a consortium at Pecém five years ago, with a view to capitalising on the region’s vast potential for export reefer containers carrying cargoes such as bananas, melons, pineapples and mangoes.
APM Terminals is now the majority shareholder in the enterprise, with Unilink Transportes Integrados of Brazil holding the minority stake. The terminal provides stevedoring services to MSC, Maersk Line, Mercosul, CCL and Maruba, among other shipping lines and local customers. Its overall container throughput is projected at 100,000 teu annually.