The Port of Santos is the largest container terminal in South America and new developments plan to expand the handling capacity to 2.4 million TEU by 2019.
The port handled approximately 38% of Brazil’s total container traffic last year, and the new plans show there is no intention of slowing down. $324 million is due to be invested in intermodal integration at the Tecon Santos facility on the left bank of the Port.
The president of Santos Brasil, Carlos Sepúlveda, stated that “With the new investments, Tecon Santos, which is already a benchmark in container handling, will be able to efficiently operate the megaships that will soon be arriving at the port, giving Brazilian importers and exporters more competitiveness.”
The plans involve extending the pier allowing up to 3 x 13,000 teu vessels to berth at the same time. These plans also include dredging to deepen the berths to around 49 feet. The railway sidings will be doubled in length to 800m removing the need for vehicles to cross railway lines and Port Brasil also plan to purchase a wide selection of specialist equipment to handle cargo.
With all the new developments at South America’s largest port, we thought it was the perfect time to bring you some fascinating facts and figures.
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Africa Container traffic has been growing across all types of cargo. The latest figures available from The World Bank show exactly where the biggest volumes are recorded.
The map shows the difference in annual Container port traffic for each African country. The deeper red shows the most traffic recorded and the lighter shades are the least traffic (TEU 20ft Equivalents).
It is clear that Sub-Saharan Africa has a long way to go to create the kind of volumes seen in Egypt, South Africa and Morocco.
Port Said, alone handled 2.9 million TEU in 2013, around 40% of all Egyptian container traffic and is the busiest port on the continent.
Durban closely followed with 2.6 million capacity and the ports authority have reported an 8.1% increase year on year for bulk and breakbulk volumes. However the future for South Africa is not looking so bright according to Heavy lift & Project Forwarding International Magazine “it seems South Africa’s run of good fortune is over. Mining commodity prices have slowed trade volumes and the country has lost a little of its appeal as other African nations have stepped up to the mark.”
Tanger Morocco takes third place for the busiest African Port with 2.5million TEU in 2013.
With our recent news on the massive investment in a number of Sub Saharan regions, it will be fascinating to see exactly how Africa Container Traffic figures develop over the coming years.
According to the International Trade Administration Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) is one of the fastest growing regions in the world. As UK exports to the region are predicted to flourish over the coming years Tuscor Lloyds have compiled some key facts on up and coming West African Ports.
Our latest infographic shows the massive scale of investment across the West African coastline with businesses, authorities and governments devoting millions to put their port on the global map.
The UK exported around £8.2bn (USD$12.8bn) worth of goods to SSA in 2013.
Barclays Africa Trade Index Report
Barclays annual ‘Africa Trade Index,’ reporting on the opportunities and openness across the African nations, recognises that 5 “sleeping giants” have arisen. Ethiopia, Mozambique, Ghana, DR Congo and Tanzania have all been named as the ones to watch over the next five years with UK businesses potentially tripling their exports.
The positive outlook is also mirrored by the IMF:
“Solid growth will continue in the lion’s share of the region’s countries, driven by sustained infrastructure investment, buoyant services sectors, and strong agricultural production, even as oil-related activities provide less support.”
IMF Regional Economic Outlook Sub Saharan Africa Staying the Course
The issues facing existing infrastructure across the region can at times have an extremely negative impact on the efficient and cost effective transportation of cargo beyond the ports of discharge. So the signs of sustained investments over the next ten years is a positive picture for shippers and forwarders alike.
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From our recent export project case studies it’s clear that the Port of Houston is a winning choice for handling breakbulk cargo.
Tuscor Lloyds have long standing relationships with numerous oil and gas companies regularly shipping to the Port of Houston. So far in 2015 we have been tasked with shipping a total of 4001.49 tonnes from the UK to Houston, the equivalent of 1000 elephants or 500 double decker buses.
Here we take a look at more facts and figures on the relationship between Tuscor Lloyds and the Port that holds the title for US leader in breakbulk cargo.
Port of Houston Infographic
Sources: www.breakbulk.com, www.Portofhouston.com, www.globaltradmag.com