Brazil Port News and International News

Maersk announces application for vessels for the transport of containers
From A Tribuna Online

Créditos: DivulgaçãoMaersk, the world's largest shipping carrier, formally announced last Monday, the request for 10 large vessels for the transport of containers. The ships of the class Triple-E have the capacity to 18,000 TEUs (equivalent units of container 20 feet) and cost $ 1.9 billion.

The contract with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering provides options for 20 more similar vessels. The ships cost $ 190 million each and must be delivered between 2013 and 2015.

The boats will sail in the Asia-Europe route and make stops in five Chinese ports: Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen Yantian and Hong Kong. Also pass through the points of connection with Asia, Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia and the Eastern Mediterranean, Port Said, Egypt.

The company's chief executive Eivind Kolding said the carrier needs more capacity, since the estimated growth for next year is 5% to 8%. Kolding ships classified as "significant economic" point of view of energy and environment.

The Triple-E has a capacity of 2,500 TEUs, more than the current largest ship in the fleet, the Emma Maersk, which can accommodate up to 15,500 TEUs. The new vessels will reduce costs per container by 26%. Fuel consumption is also 20% lower than in larger vessels in the fleet.

Maersk has more than 500 ships, with approximately 100 vessels sailing between Asia and Europe.


Foreign Trade
MDIC: trade surplus is U.S. $ 548 million in the week

State Agency

The Brazilian trade balance registered a surplus of $ 548 million in the second week of February, according to data released today by the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC). Between 7 and 13 of this month, exports totaled U.S. $ 4.226 billion, an average of U.S. $ 845.2 million. Imports reached U.S. $ 3.678 billion, an average of $ 735.6 million.

In the month until the second week, the Brazilian trade balance had a surplus of $ 980 million. In the first nine days of February, exports totaled $ 7.757 billion and imports U.S. $ 6.777 billion. In the average daily shipments in February last year, growth was 27.2%. In comparison with January, an increase of 19% on average. In imports, the value was 14.8% higher than average in the second month of 2010 and 6.9% greater than that seen last month.

The year

Brazil's trade balance accumulated a surplus of U.S. $ 1.404 billion in 2011, until the second week of February, according to the MDIC. In the same period last year, the balance registered a surplus of $ 340 million. Total external trade (sum of exports and imports) reached U.S. $ 44.540 billion, a 25.6% total of $ 35.448 billion recorded in the same period of 2010.

Until the second week of February, exports totaled U.S. $ 22.972 billion, an average of U.S. $ 765.7 million, representing a growth of 28.4% compared to an average of $ 596.5 million for the same period of 2010. In 2011, imports have already reached U.S. $ 21.568 billion, with a daily average of U.S. $ 718.9 million. The value is 22.9% above the average of U.S. $ 585.1 million recorded in the same period last year.

Source: The Tribune

Operation of container grows 20% in Brazil
The newsroom

The movement of containers in Brazilian ports grew 20% last year, reaching 4,794,074 units. The data were presented by the board of the Brazilian Association of Container Terminals for Public Use (ABRATEC) during a meeting with the minister of ports, José Cristino Leonidas, on the last Wednesday in Brasilia.

In 2009, the year when Brazil faced the worst of the crisis, the move was of 3,973,178 containers. In 2008 the number reached 4,518,834 units.

Read the full story in the print edition this Thursday in The Tribune

Source: The Tribune

Anniversary of 119 years of  SANTOS PORT- BRAZIL

Perimeter Guaruja is the first site visit of the Minister of Ports
From The Tribune Online

The new minister of the Special Secretariat of Ports (SEP), Leonidas Cristino is at Santos on Wednesday for his first visit to the Port since he took office on January 1 last. The location will be located at Perimeter Avenue of the Left Bank (Guaruja) complex is the first stretch of the passage of federal chief of the folder this morning. The prediction was that he arrived around 8 o'clock.

The work of the Perimeter Guaruja includes the extension of Avenida Santos Dumont, who will offer more clues to segregate traffic from the port city, and the construction of a link between the port terminals and the Highway Guaruja Canon Domenico Rangoni (Guaruja Piaçaguera-old). To realize this plan, Rua Nunes Pines (known as Street of fertilizer) will be re-urbanized to receive the heavy traffic of trucks.


To 9 am the minister will make an overflight of the docks of Santos, a helicopter from the Air Base of the island.

9:30 to 9:45, Cristino make a crossing, by boat, and head to the headquarters of the Port of Sao Paulo, which lies between 27 and 29 warehouses in the Port of Santos. At 9:45 am, the minister will make a visit to Draga Xin Hai Hu, responsible for dredging the docks of Santos, scheduled to be closed next month.

Already from 10 to 12 hours, he knows, from near the Perimeter Avenue of the Right Bank, classified by the board of the Dock Company of São Paulo (Codesp) as the most important road work over the last 30 years, the area in the region of Valongo, which will be located underground passage known as a loon, and still the Passenger Terminal Giusfredo Santini, who will have the transatlantic CVC Zenith berth.

At 12, Cristino follow Codesp to Headquarters, where he will attend a meeting and make a site visit to the state.

Before leaving for Rio de Janeiro, the new minister would attend a luncheon with the Board of Docks, the mayor of Santos, Joao Paulo Tavares Papa, and the mayor of Guaruja, Maria Antonieta de Brito. Furthermore, he intends to tour the city.

Keep a real time all the details of the visit of the Minister to the Port of Santos

Source: A Tribuna

Hamburg Sud's Pump Cites Infrastructure Problems
Joseph Bonney | Jan 27, 2011 2:52PM GMT

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Lines face infrastructure challenges in ports around the world
Infrastructure remains a challenge for ship lines, says Juergen Pump, senior vice president of Hamburg Sud North America,

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced last month it has decided to raise the Bayonne Bridge's roadway to increase the bridge's 151-foot clearance for ships to 215 feet, but with engineering work yet to be started the project won't be completed until years after the opening of larger locks at the Panama Canal. Pump said linking the bridge raising with the canal expansion is "misleading" because the bridge's clearance is already an impediment to commerce.

None of the Hamburg Sud's approximately 25 post-Panamax ships can fit under the Bayonne Bridge in the Port of New York and New Jersey, Pump said. Hamburg Sud's ships, some with capacities up to 7,200 20-foot equivalent units, call at Global Terminal in Bayonne, N.J., which is accessible without going under the bridge. "Otherwise we would be in serious trouble in New York," he said.

Pump made his remarks as he received the "Person of the Year" award from the New York and New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association at the association's 94th annual dinner, held Jan. 26 in New York City.

Infrastructure also is a problem in Brazil, where Hamburg Sud is the largest carrier. Pump said congestion at Santos, the nation's principal port, requires ships to wait an average of two to three days for berths, and cargo discharged from vessels requires an average of 10 days to clear through terminals. He said it's even worse in Venezuela, where cargo clearance averages 20 days.

Despite the problems, Pump said Brazil is a vibrant market whose GDP expanded last year at 7.5 percent, three times the growth rate of the U.S. economy, and is expected to grow at a 5 percent rate this year. He also said current efforts to boost U.S. exports will help Hamburg Sud, which unlike most major carriers handles more U.S. exports than imports. "We live or die with U.S. exports," he said. "We and exports are like Siamese twins."

Port of Santos

Cargo movement grows 15.4% in past year
State Agency

The cargo handling at the Port of Santos rose 15.4% last year over the previous year and totaled 96 million tons, according to figures released today by the Dock Company of São Paulo (Codesp). In 2009, the port had handled 83.1 million tons and in 2008, 81 million tons.

Last year, imports totaled 31.8 million tons a growth of 33.5% on 23.8 million tonnes handled in 2009. Exports increased 8.1% in 2010 and totaled 64.1 million tons. The expectation of Codesp is to reach 101 million tons in 2011, which would mean an increase of 5.2% over the place in 2010. The highlights are the growth projections for the movement of ore (39.6%), coal (13.9%), cargo in containers (8.9%) and soybeans (7.3%).

Last year, the increase in the movement was driven mainly by the performance of dry bulk and containerized general cargo. Among the dry bulk export sugar stand out, which reached 14.8% growth, totaling 19.4 million tonnes, and maize, with 5.5 million tons, an increase of 56.6%.

The movement of vehicles totaled 345,411 units, of which 95,709 were landed, and 249,702 were exported, representing a growth of 61.2% compared to 2009 (214,247 units). The number of vessels moored totaled 5,748, an increase of 0.3% over 2009 (5,731 vessels).

The charges operated by the Port of Santos totaled $ 95.8 billion reflecting an increase of 29.45% compared to 2009. Imports stood out, up 37.6%, reaching $ 45.7 billion. United States (17.9%), China (15.8%) and Germany (11%) were the main sources of imports. In exports, the growth was 22.79%, reaching $ 50.1 billion, mainly to United States (9.7%), China (7.6%) and Argentina (7.6%).


For a sustainable port, rules and new energy sources

 Samuel Roberts

Projects that actually transform the Port of Santos, a port sustainable? Would be to replace old trucks with newer models and fewer pollutants, like foreign experience? Or reducing the speed of ships on arrival at the dock?

Some argue for more complex actions, such as The utilization of wind and sea and driving (tidal), and who thinks it is necessary to reposition the maritime terminals, which would be around clumsily.

In this second article of the series Sustainable Porto, here are some ideas that can help reduce the impact of port activity in the region's environment.

Read the full story, released on Tuesday in The