NORTHEAST Brazil's APM Terminals (APMT) Pecem, where South America nearest West Africa, has set two container-handling records with a best-ever September and best-ever October result, reports London's Container Management.
The Ceara-based Maersk-owned terminal handled 41,000 TEU in September and then 46,705 TEU in October, increasing its throughput by 7.9 per cent year-on-year to total 309,051 TEU for the first 10 months of 2020.
Meanwhile, in the south, APMT's Itaja, a grew double digits in 2020 and, up until October, it has moved more than 457,000 TEU, which is an increase of 13.4 per cent compared to the 403,000 TEU handled in the same period last year.
It is forecasted to beat the million mark by December and, similar to Pecem, it had its busiest month in October with 53,000 TEU.
Growth has exceeded 200 per cent on an accumulated basis between 2017 and 2020.
The port's strategic location with the supply chain for the shipping lines and final clients is one of the key drivers behind the growth in northeast Brazil.
Other factors include the bigger liners with larger load capacity, weaker Real, the economic recovery ahead of Black Friday, Christmas and New Year's eve.
APMT Pecem has started to welcome larger ships, for example in August it received the biggest ship to berth, the 11,000-TEU MSC Shuba B.
Daniel Rose, managing director for APMT Pecem, said: "To see the cranes running along the tracks was a milestone for APMT Pecem. The new berth 10 has an additional capacity of 300 metres, positioning Pecem among a small select group of ports in Latin America. that can receive postpanamax vessels with draughts up to 15.3 metres."