With a capacity to carry 175.9 thousand tons, the vessel brings greater flow potential to the terminal

This Sunday, the company that manages the Paranaguá Container Terminal (TCP) received the container ship MSC C. Montaine, from the Mediterranean Shipping Company. Built in 2023, the vessel has a total length of 366 meters (LOA), a width of 51 meters (beam), and the capacity to carry 175,900 tons or 15,413 TEUs (20-foot container length), making it the largest ship to dock at the Terminal. Coming from the United States, the ship made its way to Asia in the late morning of Tuesday, April 2.

TCP’s commercial manager for shipowners, Carolina Merkle Brown, highlighted the importance of this event as a new milestone for the Terminal. “The 366-meter container ships are the largest to operate in Paranaguá, and this is the third that our quay will receive in 2024. 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.”

Also 366 meters long, the sister vessels MSC Natasha XIII and MSC Elisa XIII docked at the Terminal in January and February respectively. However, these container ships have a slightly smaller capacity than the MSC C. Montaine. Montaine, as they have a 48.2 meter beam, which gives them a cargo capacity of 139,700 tons or 14,432 TEUs.

“The arrival of larger ships also benefits importers and exporters, who gain greater capacity to transport their production or receive goods, thus boosting their business with greater flexibility and agility,” adds Carolina.

Container handling at TCP in the first quarter of 2024 was up 38% on the same period in 2023, reaching 373,522 TEUs, a new all-time high for the Terminal.

Isabelle Veloso Sousa