TCP, the operator of Brazil’s Paranaguá Container Terminal, has ordered two Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries (ZPMC) ship-to-shore cranes as part of an ongoing expansion.
The new cranes will have an outreach of 24 containers and will be installed at a new mooring pier. Work at the facility started in February, and an additional 220 m of berth is being added, taking the total to 1,099 m.
Alexandre Rubio, commercial director of TCP, said: “The size of the cranes is enough to meet the largest container ships that will dock in Brazil in the coming years. This means that we will be one of the few ports with all the required infrastructure to receive ships measuring 368 meters or more.
“This lack of restraint allows fast docking at the terminal and increased productivity. For customers, it means less time spent at the port, fewer costs and greater reliability in the operation.”
China Merchants Port Holding (CM Port) acquired a 90% stake in TCP in March, 2018. More than R$550m (US$143m) is being invested into Paranaguá to grow its annual capacity from 1.5m teu to 2.5m teu.