International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI)’s TecPlata S.A. has launched a barge feeder service, creating a new and direct link to Brazil and Asia.
The new service will have a minimum of two calls per month between Santa Fe and La Plata that will provide connectivity for a market estimated at 80,000 teu.
Santa Fe Governor Omar Perotti noted at the service’s opening ceremony: “We need this – an operator who brings the barges in a timely manner.
“We need security in the transhipment done by the shipping companies to get to the final destination, avoiding traffic, complexity, and costs in transporting the cargo by truck to the Port of Buenos Aires.”
Additionally, it serves as an alternative river connection to Argentina’s central, northeast, and northwest regions.
The first export containers were loaded onto Newport Management’s 500 teu barge, Bagual, from the Port of Santa Fe on December 9.
Insuga and Adecoagro S.A. were the fist companies to use the new service to export bone meal to Vietnam and milk powder to Singapore, respectively.
The cargoes were discharged in TecPlata on December 13, and loaded onto the Log-In vessel Jacarandá on December 15.
On November 30, the Bagual departed from TecPlata carrying empty containers to be used for the first exports.
On top of providing a lower inland cost alternative, the exclusive feeder service also contributes significantly to the reduction of carbon emissions between Greater Buenos Aires and the country’s hinterland.