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Brazilian Port Cleared to Handle Larger Container Vessels

The Brazilian Port Terminal de Conteineres de Paranagua (TCP) has recently received permission to handle larger ocean carriers.  Previously restricted sizes were according to the limits allowed to travel through the Panama Canal.  The Brazilian port has now been authorised unrestricted access to ‘post-Panamax’ vessels (that is larger than Panamax container ships).

This newly lifted restriction will allow larger container vessels to the South American port than previously, thus increasing loads entering the country and reducing costs.  This is of significant benefit to both importers and exporters to and from Brazil.

Since the container terminal was acquired by a private US firm in 2011, productivity in the port has increased.  There has been a sharp rise in container moves per hour, from less than 30 in 2010, to almost 80 in November 2012.  This is partly due to investment in new handling equipment for the containers.  This also has a cost benefit for those importing containers of goods into Brazil, and exporting containers from this terminal.

A planned expansion of the container terminal is due for completion in November 2013.

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New Container Terminal – Port of Tripoli, Lebanon

Gulftainer has won a bid to develop and run a new container port in Tripoli, Northern Lebanon.  An investment of $60 million will fund machinery for the new port, including three ship-to-shore gantry cranes, nine yard cranes and up-to-date technology to manage the yards and containers in the new port smoothly.

Once the port has been completed, it will be able to receive some of the largest container ships in the Eastern Mediterranean.  The new Port of Tripoli will alleviate some of the congestion at nearby Port of Beirut, and an alternative terminal to that of Tartous and Lakakia in Syria.

The new port will provide another route for imports and exports to Iraq from the Mediterranean Sea.  This will cut transit times from Europe to Iraq, allowing cargo to pass through the new Tripoli Port and travel via road to its destination in Iraq.  Currently the Umm Qasr Port (Iraq) and the Gulftainer Port in Tripoli (Lebanon) are not linked via rail, although it would only take 31km of track to link the two ports.

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