Santos, Brazil – Brasil Terminal Portuário (BTP), began the New Year with the establishment of two new productivity records. On February 10th while working the 6328 TEU capacity MSC Geneva, 206 moves per hour (MPH) were achieved while handling 1,980 containers, representing 44 crane moves per hour (MPH), surpassing the previous record of 35 crane MPH set in January.
A joint venture between APM Terminals and Terminal Investment Limited (TIL), BTP began operations in November 2013, and handled 1.14 million TEUs in 2015, growing its volume by 35% over 2014 levels in its first full-year of operation, to become the largest container terminal at the Port of Santos. Santos is South America’s busiest container port, with over 3.7 million TEUs handled in 2015. Brazilian ports handled a combined total of 9.1 million TEUs in 2015, representing approximately 29% of the Brazilian trade (Brazilian Ministry of Ports).
“Consistency in excellence is our priority, including safety performance, operations, and customer service,” said BTP CEO Antonio Passaro.
Brazil is a becoming an increasingly important market for global containerized trade for the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network; with particular growth in commodities such as frozen poultry and soybeans, despite the current economic downturn. The Brazilian government has projected a quadrupling of exports by 2030, and has announced a USD $50 billion infrastructure investment plan (at current exchange rates) that will include almost USD $10 billion in port construction and upgrades to accommodate this anticipated trade growth driven by a population of 205 million people, the largest market in Latin America.
Source: APM Terminal Press Release