The first vessel of the service docked at Paranaguá on Tuesday (07)

The ship M/V Theodor made the first call at the Container Terminal of Paranaguá this week (02/07). With a capacity of 1,304 TEU’s (measure for 20 feet container length), the arrival of the vessel marks the inauguration of the maritime route that connects Paranaguá to Cuba, Colombia, Panama, Dominican Republic and Mexico. With the new line, TCP reaches 17 weekly maritime calls available to customers.

During the inauguration of the line in the terminal, there was a welcoming ceremony and the presentation of a gift of Chinese culture to the shipowner. Present at the event were the shipowner manager, Carolina Brown; the operations planning manager, Felipe de França; and the shipowner coordinator, Ramon Canova.

According to Carolina Brown, “the wide range of maritime services and regular calls at our terminal brings exporters and importers greater competitiveness throughout the logistics chain. With more service options, customers feel more secure and can deliver the product faster”.

The maritime line is operated by the Panamanian shipowner CTM, represented in South America by Poseidon Container Shipping. The CEO of Poseidon, Ivo Rodrigues da Paixão Júnior, stated that a second vessel, with a capacity of 2,500 TEU’s, will integrate this fleet in 2023. According to him, the biggest opportunities in this venture are in the segment of wood, animal protein, frozen foods, paper, cellulose, ceramic floors, hazardous cargo, and other dry cargo in general.

Poseidon’s CEO highlighted the differentials that made him seek TCP, such as the greater availability of choices in the docking window; sufficient outlets for refrigerated containers; the team’s organization and professionalism. The state-of-the-art infrastructure and the rail line within TCP, which extends to nearby Paraguay, also facilitate possible access to that market in the future and attracted the shipowner’s attention. “We hope to build a long-term relationship that has the main focus on the satisfaction of our customers and the needs of the Brazilian market,” highlights the CEO.

According to Carolina Brown, other factors have benefited the expansion of the lines, such as continued investments in structure, productivity records and increased operational capacity. “Currently, TCP has 3 docking berths (place where the ship touches the pier) and 7 tenders (teams that work on board the ship), facilitating the reception of port calls. We serve all continents and we seek to strengthen our activities in partnership with shipowners,” Brown concludes.

Thaisa Tanaka