The German Nexat model came from Belgium and arrived at TCP after a month’s journey

At the end of May, TCP, the company that manages the Paranaguá Container Terminal, received for the first time an agricultural machine from the German brand Nexat, model 140 Gen3. After a 30-day journey between Belgium and Brazil, the equipment was unloaded at the terminal and then shipped to its final destination in Bahia. This is the brand’s second machine to arrive in the country.

At 24 meters long, 2.80 meters wide, and weighing 50 tons, the 140 Gen3 carries the concept of an “all-in-one machine”, as it is capable of replacing various agricultural machines thanks to its ability to attach different modules, which allows the Nexat vehicle to carry out different stages of the cultivation process, such as soil preparation, planting, spraying, harvesting, among others. In addition, the model is electric and can be controlled remotely.

Photo 2 – “All-in-one machine” – The Nexat 140 Gen 3 is capable of replacing various agricultural machines thanks to its ability to attach different modules. Photo: Nexat.

“As it is a large piece of equipment, moving the Nexat machine requires attention from our team specializing in project loads (loads with weights, measurements and dimensions greater than conventional loads), as it is a complex operation that requires a customized and integrated logistics design, thus guaranteeing the integrity of our client’s assets,” says Fabio Mattos, TCP’s logistics operations manager.

The TCP team was responsible for carrying out the vehicle’s on-board and ground operations, unloading it from a rolling cargo ship and then hoisting the machine onto the transport truck with the help of two large retractable forklifts, also known as reach stackers (RS).

Photo 3 – Moment when the machine was lifted by two reach stackers to be loaded onto the truck for transportation. Photo: TCP.

As well as the German machine, the Terminal also handles a large amount of other large equipment, such as buses, harvesters, excavators, tractors, trucks and armored combat vehicles, which exceed the dimensions suitable for shipping in containers. “Known as project cargo, or CPJ, operations with this type of merchandise require prior study and adequate operational capacity to carry out the transport, and TCP has the necessary structure and expertise to carry out this service quickly and minimizing any risk of damage,” adds Mattos.

TCP’s commercial, logistics and service manager, Giovanni Guidolim, points out that “the Terminal continually invests in acting as a one-stop shop for its customers, offering the most modern logistics solutions and services available on the market for a diverse range of demands, ensuring greater efficiency and agility according to each customer’s individual needs”.

TCP handles more than half a million TEUs in record time

On April 28, 2024, TCP reached the milestone of 500,000 TEUs (equivalent to 20 feet of container length) handled 42 days earlier than in 2023. That year, the achievement took place on June 9.

In the first four months of this year, TCP handled 509,230 TEUs, an increase of 38% compared to 368,720 in 2023. According to Guidolim, “the acquisition of equipment, expanding the machinery park to 40 RTGs (gantry cranes on tires) and 69 TTs (transport trucks), as well as the completion of the renovation work on the gates (road access routes to the terminal) and the completion of the expansion of the reefer yard, show that the most recent investments made to improve the Terminal’s operational capacity are already generating results, both in terms of the increase in the volume handled and the conversion of new clients, who come from various states in the country.”

Isabelle Veloso Sousa