Brazil’s newest container terminal reaches important milestones

Brazil’s latest and most modern container terminal, Brasil Terminal Portuário (BTP), has reached a number of key targets.  The 121 acre facility has the capacity to accommodate up to three 9,200 TEU vessels simultaneously.

The facility, which is a joint venture between APM Terminals and Terminal Investment Limited, recently handled its 1,000,000th container which was discharged from the 1,000th vessel to berth at its facility.

This milestone was achieved only 20 months after operations officially began at the terminal.  The container was offloaded from MSC Agrigento, which arrived on the Ipanema service from Durban.

BTP also achieved its highest monthly average productivity per crane in May, with 34.11 moves per hour on the ship-to-shore cranes.  In addition, the terminal has reduced the truck cycle – a critical measure for the performance of every container facility – to only 40 minutes from pre-gate to gate out.

Cláudio Oliveira, CCO of BTP, explained: "Our employees have worked increasingly closely with our customers, seeking integrated solutions to improve our processes and increase the quality level of services provided.  These efficiency milestones can, above all, be attributed to the BTP team’s dedicated work.”

BTP welcomed its first commercial vessel call in August 2013 and was officially opened in November 2013 after the planned berthing access and basin dredging was completed.

In the first half of this year BTP handled 363,921 TEUs, a 167% increase over the number of containers handled in the same period in 2014, thanks to the dredging of the navigation channel which has increased the depth in the access channel to the same level all over, allowing larger ships to berth.