The length of the MSC Natasha XIII is 12.2 times greater than the height of Christ the Redeemer

On Monday 29th, the company that manages the Paranaguá Container Terminal (TCP) received the ship MSC Natasha XIII, from the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC). With 366 meters from end to end (LOA), 48.20 meters wide (beam), capacity to carry 139,700 tons and 14,432 TEUs (measure for 20-foot-long containers), this is the largest container ship in length to dock at the terminal.

“The docking of a ship with the dimensions of the MSC Natasha XIII is a significant milestone for our terminal and consolidates TCP’s position as an operator of ships of this magnitude. This is in line with one of the pillars of our strategy, which is to act as a port hub for shipowners, centralizing their operations safely and efficiently in our port.” celebrates TCP’s commercial manager for shipowners, Carolina Brown.

In a statement, the shipowner said that “the first call of a 366-meter ship at the Paranaguá Container Terminal is a cause for celebration for MSC. The operation of the MSC Natasha XIII demonstrates and reiterates our commitment to offering transportation capacity to boost the growth of Brazilian foreign trade”.

The next docking of a 366 ship at TCP is already scheduled for the first week of February with the arrival of the MSC Elisa XIII, MSC Natasha XIII’s sister ship, which has exactly the same characteristics in terms of length, width and capacity.

The CEO of Portos do Paraná, Luiz Fernando Garcia, highlights the efforts of the public company that manages the ports of Paranaguá and Antonina to expand the draft. “We’re investing in excavation works and dredging services to increase the depth of the channel and allow larger and larger ships to dock. Receiving the MSC Natasha XIII and MSC Elisa XIII shows how prepared we are to meet this growing market demand,” said the CEO.

Coming from the United States, the MSC Natasha XIII’s call at TCP will handle a large volume of frozen meat, the terminal’s main export commodity.

TCP’s frozen meat exports exceed 3 million tons

From 2022 to 2023, exports of frozen animal protein increased by 19%, setting a new record for the terminal, which shipped 3,032,575 tons of chilled meat last year. The main destination for the cargo is Asia, which received approximately 67% of this volume, corresponding to 2,036,803 tons.

In order to meet market demand and supply the increase in frozen meat exports, by the end of February TCP should have completed a 45% increase in the number of sockets in its reefer yard, from 3,624 to 5,268, positioning the terminal as the largest yard for refrigerated containers in South America.

Today, TCP is considered the largest frozen chicken meat export corridor in the world.

Isabelle Veloso Sousa