Sepetiba Tecon is currently well equipped with four STS post-Panamax cranes, two 100-tonne capacity Liebherr mobiles, 14 reachstackers and two RTGs. In 2010 throughput was 296,000 teu and the forecast for this year is for an increase of 15% to 340,000 teu.
Sepetiba is fortunate in that it does not have a congestion problem and has plenty of water depth – unlike Santos, for example. Its entrance channel has 20 m depth and two berths (302 and 303) with 14.5 m depth alongside. Although it is one of two terminals in Brazil able to accommodate very large vessels (the other being Suape), Sepetiba’s short berth lengths are a problem.
Currently the terminal has three berths: one (301) for general cargo with a length of 270 m and two (302 and 303) for containers with a length of 540 m. These can currently accommodate two container vessels simultaneously, but they are too short to handle vessels with increased LOA.
However, buoyed up by its recent throughput growth and with a firm eye on the future, a project to dredge berth 301 to 15.5 m and to align it with berths 302 and 303 was drawn up and having just been approved, work is due to commence on phase one in January 2012.
A total of US$120m is being invested, with US$80m allocated for berth works and US$40m for new equipment comprising four ship to shore gantry cranes and four RTGs, with delivery scheduled during Q1 2013.
When the expansion is fully completed around 14 months after work commences, Sepetiba Tecon will comprise a straight line berth of 810 m able to accommodate two 9,000 teu capacity vessels and throughput capacity will have increased to 900,000 teu.
That is not the end of the story though, because as Marcelo Procopio, Sepetiba’s commercial director explained, “Sepetiba Tecon intends to go ahead with phase two which will increase throughput capacity by 400,000 teu to 1.3m teu. This will cost around US$103m at today’s prices and when completed, 302 and 303 berth lengths will have been increased by some 260m to 1,070 m, and capable to accommodate two 11,000 teu vessels simultaneously.”