Portonave has started work on the R$120m (US$54m) Phase Two of the Navegantes Port Terminal in Brazil that will nearly double its storage yard from 270,000 m2 to approximately 400,000 m2, increasing capacity from 15,000 to 30,000 teu when completed in 15 months.
The expansion will include 810 reefer container points, adding to the 1,890 outlets already in existence, enabling the terminal to accommodate 2,700 refrigerated containers, which is a significant differential given that frozen cargo, particularly poultry, accounts for approximately 50% of Portonave’s export shipping.
In addition, the terminal will also invest in a new energy substation, with a capacity of 10 Megavolt-Amperes (MVA), more than enough to meet Portonave’s demands; also included will be the expansion of the facility’s cargo inspection warehouse and Customs Transit Clearance (DTA) area.
This latest phase, which is in answer to the growing demand for cargo handling at the terminal, follows the acquisition last year of three gantry quay and five yard cranes, bringing to six and 18 the number of respective units. Last month (June) Portonave purchased a further 15 terminal tractors and 25 semi-trailers, increasing its fleets to 39 tractors and 54 trailers, consolidating its position as the best-equipped terminal in Santa Catarina.