Santos Brasil presents plans to boost container handling capacity

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Brazilian container terminal operator Santos Brasil is planning to boost handling capacity 6.3% next year at its Tecon Santos terminal at Santos port.

The company's goal is to boost gantry crane activity at the São Paulo state hub to 37 container movements an hour from the current average of 34.8/h, local daily Valor Econômico reported.

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With the entrance of Brasil Terminal Portuário (BTP) and Embraport at Santos port, competition has increased, Santos Brasil's operations director Caio Morel said.

"In this competitive environment, the best level of service is needed and we're investing heavily in the best," Morel was quoted as saying.

The company is streamlining services by updating internal controls and processes, purchasing equipment and carrying out staff training, he said.

Santos Brasil has already increased handling capacity this year by some 22%, according to the report. In October, it registered an average of 107 container movements per hour (with multiple cranes) for each ship. In 2013, the average was 87/h.

Meanwhile, special ports department SEP is evaluating the possibility of extending Santos Brasil's concession contract at Tecon Santos for another 25 years. If a contract extension is granted, the company has indicated it would invest 1.19bn reais (US$462mn).

The cash would be used to purchase six new double-hoist cranes and for other acquisitions.