Robert Ward | Containerisation International
Portonave, Brazil’s newest container terminal, recently handled its one millionth container, the company disclosed this week at the Itajai Trade Summit, an annual gathering of logistics and maritime managers.
The MSC-backed Portonave has passed the landmark figure just a few weeks before it celebrates its third birthday (in October) and despite being badly impacted from the floods that hit the port back in November of 2008.
A surge in imports through the Portonave complex at Navegantes has led to the south Brazilian facility posting throughput figures of 273,211 TEU for the first six months of this year. This figure included import boxes up 150% and export boxes up 30% (mostly reefer cargo of apples and chicken and pork) over the same period of 2009.
Osmar de Castilho Ribas, the chief executive of Portonave, said: ‘Imports have increased considerably owing to the strong Real and weaker dollar and we are very focussed on overseas markets.’
The Itajai port complex, including the APM Terminals Teconvi facility and Portonave looks likely to handle around 900,000TEU by the end of this year.