Container Terminal of Paranaguá (TCP), the third largest container terminal in Brazil, has received four new super-post Panamax gantry cranes, the latest generation to be installed at the new TCP berth that will begin operations later this year.
Manufactured in China by ZPMC, the cranes, which have the capacity to handle the latest generation of mega-container vessels, cost approximately R$72m (US$32m). They are part of more than R$365m (US$164m) invested by TCP during the last three years to modernise and expand the terminal. TCP currently has the capacity to handle 1.5m teu across its three berths, with a total length of 879 m.
“These portainers are among the largest and most modern in Brazil with the capacity to operate on vessels up to 51 m wide and 368 m long, the standard of the new Panama Canal. Currently the largest vessels serving Brazil are around 48.2 m wide; with [these cranes] we can handle cargo from vessels with up to 23 rows of containers,” said Juarez Moraes e Silva, director of TCP.