Among the highlights are the milestone of 1 million TEUs handled in 2023 and 125,305 TEUs transported in a single month

The company that manages the Paranaguá Container Terminal (TCP) recorded 7 new productivity records in October, one of which was the mark of 1 million TEUs (20-foot-long containers) handled (loading and unloading containers on the ship), which came one week earlier than in 2022. In the same month, 125,305 TEUs were transported by the terminal, surpassing the previous monthly high of 111,862, reached in July last year.

Of the total volume handled in October, 22,961 TEUs were moved in temperature-controlled containers (reefer), which set a new record in this segment, above the 21,493 TEUs reached in July. “We have the largest reefer fleet among Brazilian terminals. With the completion in 2024 of the work to increase the number of sockets in our yard from 3,572 to 5,126, we will be able to meet our customers’ demand with more flexibility and agility, which consolidates our performance in this market,” says Giovanni Guidolim, TCP’s commercial, logistics and service manager. More than 95% of the cargo transported in reefer containers was frozen meat, the main commodity exported by the terminal.

One of the reasons why this milestone was reached is the record number of ships docked in a single month: there were 77 ships in October. “The large flow of vessels is also a reflection of the increase in the number of weekly maritime calls, which reached 19 in 2023, ensuring that TCP remains the leading service provider in Brazil,” explains the commercial manager for shipowners, Carolina Brown.

In road transport, the terminal achieved two new gate records (where trucks enter and leave): 45,877 containers were transported during the month, of which 2,245 were transported in a single day, thus surpassing the monthly and daily highs recorded in September. On the railways, 415 containers were handled, surpassing the previous record set in July 2023.

TCP reaches 16 million containers handled

In August 2023, TCP reached a historic milestone by handling 16 million TEUs. The figure includes handling since the year it was founded in 1998.

To increase its productivity, the terminal is investing R$370 million by the end of this year, which includes some projects that have already been completed, such as the purchase of 17 Terminal Tractors (TTs), the acquisition of 11 Rubber Tyred Gantry cranes (RTGs), the electrification of two RTGs that operate on the railway line, the construction of a new GIS model power substation (gas insulated substations), among others.

Isabelle Veloso Sousa