Porto Itapoá achieved an important milestone in 2023 handling 1 million TEUs in a single year for the first time in its history. The terminal is projected to finish the year with movement very close to 1.2 million TEUs, solidifying its position as the fourth-largest container port in Brazil.
With this result, the year-over-year growth in terminal operations is expected to be around 20%.
In the previous year, the Brazilian port has heavily invested in its infrastructure, as well as technology and innovation. In the first week of December, the port received new equipment with a new 50-meter-high gantry crane and five new remotely controlled hybrid RTGs (Rubber-Tired Gantries) arriving at the terminal following another five of such equipment that had arrived in May 2023.
Porto Itapoá became the first terminal in South America to operate this type of RTG, investing more than US$40 million in this equipment in 2023.
Additionally, the new warehouse of the Brazilian port is expected to be inaugurated and will feature various safety and environmental innovations. With 8,000 square meters of covered area, the structure will complement the newly constructed 150,000 square meters of yard space, expected to become operational soon. Consequently, the terminal will operate one of the largest container yards in the country, covering 455,000 square meters, providing the capacity to handle up to 2 million TEUs per year.
The increase in market volume coupled with the introduction of new services contributed to the operational growth, according to the president of Porto Itapoá, Cássio Schreiner, who stated, “We have been growing year after year, consistently ranking among the largest container terminals in Brazil since the beginning of Porto Itapoá’s operations. Our planning is developed to achieve three objectives: generate social, environmental, and economic value. When we work from this perspective and focus on adding value to our customers and partners, recognition and results come much more rapidly.”