Brasil Terminal Portuário appoints APMT Brazil head as new CEO

Brasil Terminal Portuário appoints APMT Brazil head as new CEO
Ricardo Arten, the new CEO of BTP

The largest terminal in Port of Santos, Brasil Terminal Portuário (BTP) has named its new CEO as Ricardo Arten, who has been managing director of APM Terminals (APMT) Brazil for the last seven years.

The facility, which is a joint venture between Terminal Investment Limited (TIL) and APMT, has replaced Antonio Passaro who held the position from July 2014 until December 2018.

Arten has 20 years of experience in various leadership positions across the port sector including at the ports of Santos, Rio de Janeiro and Itajaí.

He previously attained a naval engineer degree from the University of São Paulo (USP) and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Patricio Junior, chairman of the BTP board of directors, said: “Ricardo has a strong leadership ability and broad experience in the sector. He takes over this new role with a strong focus of enhancing BTP organic growth, maintaining the commitment to an innovative and sustainable company in the largest port of Latin America.”

Arten stated: “Being able to command a terminal with solidified strategy and positioning – along with a high-qualified team – is a reason for deep enthusiasm.”

The terminal handled 1.3m teu in 2018, completing its fifth year of operation following an initial investment of US$800m.

It has just invested in expanding its capacity and operational productivity by concluding the acquisition of brand new port equipment.

BTP covers a total area of 490,000 sq m on the right bank of the Port of Santos, featuring a 1,108 m quay enabling it to handle up to three new Panamax class vessels simultaneously.