The container terminal is a joint-venture between Portinvest Participações (Grupo Battistella and LOGZ Logística Brasil) and Aliança Navegação e Logística (Hamburg Süd Group). Investment totaled R$475m (US$280m), with R$145m (US$85.4m) from the shareholders along with R$330m (US$194.4m) funding from FUNCEF (Foundation of Federal Economists) and PETROS (Petrobras Social Security Foundation), on a 10 year term.
The facility’s 630 metre berth with a natural draught of 16 m, can simultaeously handle two post-Panamax 9,000 teu capacity vessels up to 300 m LOA. The bert is connected to the 136,000 sqm container yard by a 230 metre linkspan access bridge.
The yard area has the capacity to be enlarged to 500 sqm in future years as part of the proposed Phase 2 development.
Four ZPMC ship-to-shore cranes and 11 rubber tyred gantry (RTG) yard cranes arrived at the port last month (November) and are supported by 26 terminal tractors to transfer containers from the berth to the yard and vice versa. Other equipment includes two reachstackers with load capacity of 45 tonnes and three empty handlers capable of stacking high-cube containers seven high.
All the equipment incorporates energy saving technology to reduce environmental impact.
Initially, Porto Itapoá has the capacity to handle around 500,000 teu annually, which would double to 1m teu once the Phase 2 expansion is complete. There are currently 1380 reefer points. The terminal can serve as a hub-port, making it possible to serve both long-distance transport as well as cabotage.
Porto Itapoá has a large regional and Mercosur market hinterland, which will strengthen services linking the South with the rest of the Brazilian coast. The port will handle Brazilian foreign trade, especially in Santa Catarina, Parana and Rio Grande do Sul. It will also be a connection port for Uruguay and Argentina.