Inspenet, August 9, 2023.
The company that operates the Paranaguá Container Terminal (TCP) will now establish calls every week on the GS1/UCLA2/GSA service, which connects the Gulf of the United States with the East Coast of South America. This service is the result of collaboration between the shipping companies Hapag-Lloyd, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Ocean Network Express (ONE).
The MSC Lausanne, scheduled to dock on September 1, will mark the start of TCP’s eighteenth regular weekly service and further consolidate the terminal’s leadership in the concentration of maritime services in Brazil.
The commercial manager of Shipowners, Carolina Brown, celebrates the new service, pointing out that “this is an excellent opportunity for us to increase our market share and develop new business, especially in exports in segments such as wood, pulp and paper, and refrigerated cargo.”
Originating in Mexico, the route will go through the United States, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and return through Brazil to Colombia, ending again in the country of departure. The fleet will consist of seven ships from Hapag-Lloyd, one from MSC and one from ONE . In total, nine vessels with an average capacity of 6,400 TEU will be part of this fleet, highlighting Hapag-Lloyd’s Tokyo Bay with a capacity of 6,622 TEU.
High demand at the Paranaguá Container Terminal
According to the commercial director, the new route is expected to register approximately 600 movements per ship weekly .
“The ships of the new line have an average length of 290 meters and have 830 plugs to feed containers with controlled temperature. To meet this great demand, we already have a project to expand the refrigerated yard underway, which will go from 3,572 points of sale to 5,126, a growth of 43% at the end of the year,” said the executive.
Another measure that contributed to attract larger ships was the expansion of the depth in the main channel from 11 to 12.30 meters, as well as in the alternative channel (Surdinho), which was increased from 11.50 to 12.30 meters. In addition, extensions were recently carried out in the mooring docks, which currently have a depth of 13 meters. In total, there are three berths (dock berths) and seven equipment (suit) sites supporting the receipt of new calls.
This acquisition represents the second new line incorporated by TCP in 2023. In February, the company announced the implementation of calls for the Braservice service, operated by the Panamanian shipping company CTM and represented in South America by Poseidon Container Shipping. This maritime route connects Paranaguá with destinations in Cuba, Colombia, Panama, the Dominican Republic and Mexico.