Port of Santos’ newest container terminal reaches traffic milestones

LLOYD’S LOADING LIST, AUG 28, 15

Port of Santos’ newest container terminal reaches traffic milestones

Brasil Terminal Portuário (BTP), a joint venture between APM Terminals and Terminal Investment Limited, has announced that its container terminal at the Port of Santos, has reached two traffic milestones, as well as recording significant productivity and efficiency gains.

The facility has handled its millionth ‘box’ which was discharged from the one thousandth vessel to have berthed there.

BTP said the milestones had been achieved only 20 months after operations officially began at the terminal, and followed “a number of other impressive achievements in terms of operational performance.”

For example, the company’s highest monthly average productivity per crane was achieved in May this year (2015), with 34.11 moves per hour on the ship-to-shore cranes.

In addition to BTP’s increasing productivity rate, the terminal has also succeeded in reducing the truck cycle – a critical measurement of performance at container facilities – to 40 minutes from pre-gate to gate out.

“Our employees have worked increasingly closely with our customers, seeking integrated solutions to improve our processes and increase the quality level of services provided,” explained  BTP’s chief commercial officer, Cláudio Oliveira.

In the first half of this year BTP handled 363,921 teu at the Port of Santos – a spectacular 167% increase over the number of containers handled in the same period in 2014 – and which the company attributes to the dredging of the navigation channel which has increased the depth in the access channel to uniform levels, removing obstacles for larger ships to call.

The Brazilian port posted a new first-half year record for global container traffic between January and June 2015, moving more than 1.8 million teu, an increase of 6.6% on the same period 12 months earlier.

This was largely due to a jump of 32.3% in short sea box traffic to 368,196 teu.

Interrnational container traffic was up 1.6% on last year’s levels at more than 1.46 million teu.

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