A new deep-water facility that can handle up to three 9,200 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) vessels at a time and with annual capacity of 1.2 million TEU, Brasil Terminal Portuário (BTP), has been officially opened at the Port of Santos in Brazil.
The terminal is a joint venture between two Netherlands firms, APM Terminals and Terminal Investment (TIL).
The facility is the third in Brazil for APM Terminals, which has invested over $1bn for its construction.
Built on a remediated brownfield industrial site, the 490,000m² terminal features eight ship-to-shore cranes, 26 rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs), 40 terminal trucks, and an automated 18 lane gate.
It also houses a parking area for truckers, allowing vehicles to be off-road and improving air quality by reducing diesel emissions resulting from traffic congestion.
Though the BTP facility was ready for operations in March 2013, the commercial operations could begin only after the terminal was issued with International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Certification and operating license from the Brazilian Institute of Environmental and Renewable Natural resources in April and July respectively.
The new terminal will expand the capacity of Port of Santos, which handled three million TEUs in 2012 with total container throughput of 8.3 million TEUs for the year.
With the opening of BTP, APM Terminals-affiliated port facilities offer a combined annual Brazilian container throughput capacity of 2.25 million TEUs.
Speaking at the terminal inauguration event, APM Terminals CEO Kim Fejfer said working together with TIL, they will try to deliver high-productivity to shipping lines, importers, exporters and truckers.
"With a positive business environment, and the commitment of our local and global partners, we plan to continue to grow here in Brasil, and become an even bigger part of Brasil’s ongoing infrastructure investment, economic growth, and success," Fejfer said.