3. What are the main characteristics of Wilson Sons container terminals?
Rio Grande: located 320 km away from the city of Porto Alegre, the capital of Rio Grande do Sul state (RS), Tecon Rio Grande was the first container terminal in Brazil privatised through a public bid in 1997. Serving the main maritime lines that connect Brazil to important markets worldwide, the terminal has a total area of 735,000 square metres, 900 metres of linear quay (with three berths), 12.8 metres (42 feet) of draft, 2,352 plugs for refrigerated containers, an 18,000-square-metre warehouse, and a total handling capacity of 1.4 million TEU per annum. The equipment is state-of-the-art, including nine STS (Ship-to-Shore) quay cranes, 22 RTG (Rubber-Tyred Gantry) yard cranes, as well as the Navis N4 operating system, a global leader in terminal management.
In September 2016 the Company commenced operating Contesc, the inland navigation terminal located at the Triunfo Petrochemical Complex (RS). Currently with two river barges, Contesc has four weekly calls connecting the Northern Region of the state directly to the Port of Rio Grande.
Salvador: located 50 km away from the Camaçari Petrochemical Complex, with exclusive access to BR-324, the main federal highway linking Salvador to other Brazilian states. Serving the main maritime lines that connect Brazil to important markets worldwide, the terminal has a total area of 118,000 square metres, a principal quay with 377 metres of length and 15 metres (49 feet) of draft, a secondary quay with 240 metres of length and 12 metres (39 feet) of draft, 684 plugs for refrigerated containers, an 4,000-square-metre warehouse, and a total handling capacity of 435,000 TEU per annum. The equipment is state-of-the-art, including six STS (Ship-to-Shore) quay cranes, 11 RTG (Rubber-Tyred Gantry) yard cranes, as well as the Navis N4 operating system, a global leader in terminal management.
In October 2018 Tecon Salvador commenced the expansion of its principal quay from 377 metres to 800 metres, which will allow the simultaneous berthing of two super-post-Panamax ships. In December 2018 the Company signed a US$67.9 million financing agreement denominated in Brazilian Real with the Brazilian Economic and Social Development Bank (“BNDES”) for the first stage of the expansion. This investment reflects the Company’s commitment to continuous improvements in productivity and operational efficiency.