Valor 1000 ranked the country’s top thousand companies in 25 sectors on the basis of net revenue and performance in 2008 and according to TCP’s managing director Juarez Moraes e Silva, the award was the result of the hard work of the terminal’s shareholders, executive committee, management, employees and ‘other participants.’ These ‘others’ included: the Federal Revenue Office, the Ministry of Agriculture, the port authority, harbour master’s office, carriers, importers, exporters, and vessel pilots.
According to Silva, a total investment of more than R$345m (US$183m) in the past ten years has helped to turn TCP into arguably one of the best-equipped and most efficient container terminals in Latin America with internationally accepted standards of service and productivity.
“In addition to the equipment that has been acquired that is necessary for modern port operations, we have been helped by our qualified operational teams, efficient IT management, excellent client relations, the integration of supply chain links and the continued improvement our services to our users”, said Silva.
One highlight has been the impressive expansion of TCP’s reefer traffic from 2007 to 2008 when it rose by 18.5% from 50,000 to 59,000 units with the majority comprising frozen meat (poultry, beef and pork). In order to meet the increase in demand for this type of container, TCP has invested in infrastructure improvements and equipment acquisition.
In particular, and at a cost of more than US$6m, TCP has increased the number of its reefer plugs from 600 in 2007 to around 2,500 today, more than other any other facility in Brazil. Terminal expansion has also been carried out with the container storage area expanded by 92,000m² to 320,000 m² and equipped with a further four new Konecranes taking the terminal’s total to 14 units and eight additional Terberg terminal tractors with their respective trailers.