APM Terminals Suape obtained approval from Brazil´s National Aquatic Transport Agency (Antaq) to change its cargo profile, which will allow it to move cargo in containers and expand the surface area used by the terminal. This project will be carried out at the Governador Eraldo Gueiros Port Industrial Complex (Suape), located in the state of Pernambuco, Brazil. The scheduled date for the start of its operations is 2026, and it is expected to contribute to the increase in port competitiveness in the northeast region of the country.
The estimated investment for the first phase of implementation of the new Suape container terminal amounts to approximately US$317 million. A highlight of this project is that it will become the first 100% electric terminal in Latin America. All equipment used will be high voltage, incorporating cutting-edge technology, including a complete environmental management system, waste management, wastewater treatment and groundwater pollution control.
In addition, the terminal will have its own 5G network that will allow the transmission of real-time information to customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Remotely controlled rubber tire gantry cranes (RTG) will be used, which will increase the agility of port operations, improving efficiency and ensuring greater operational safety.
This project is also expected to promote the socio-economic development of the region, by facilitating greater connectivity and potentially attracting new direct services from Asia and Europe.
Aristides Junior, general director of APM Terminals Suape, indicated that "we expect a positive cascade effect, by which the reduction of transportation costs and prices will increase the competitiveness of exporters and reduce the cost of imported components (intermediate inputs) and of consumer goods. The terminal will have a positive impact on retail trade and other industries in the Northeast, by increasing docking windows for shipping companies, which will allow more ships and services to call in Pernambuco, connecting with various ports around the world. the world".
It is expected that the future Suape terminal can handle up to 400,000 TEUs, and will also increase the capacity of the port complex by 55%. Construction of the infrastructure is scheduled to begin in 2024, and operations are anticipated to begin in the second quarter of 2026.
The technical signing meeting was held in the Auditorium of the Suape Port Authority, in the presence of different personalities such as the Minister of Ports and Airports of Brazil, Silvio Costa, the governor of the State of Pernambuco, Raquel Lyra, the president director of the Suape Industrial Port Complex, Marcio Guiot, the general director of APM Terminals, Leo Huisman, and the general director of APM Terminals Suape, Aristides Russi.
News and image obtained: "Mundo Marítimo"
The vessel, which will be the first of its kind to be propelled with this fuel, will be delivered in 2026.