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Klabin Officially Inaugurates Port Terminal in Paranaguá

March 24, 2023– Klabin on March 22 made official the start of operations at the Klabin Port Terminal (PAR-01), located on the wharf commercial center at the Port of Paranaguá, in Paraná, Brazil.

With the capacity to receive one million tons of pulp and paper per year, the Terminal is part of the investment package in logistics made by the company in Paraná in recent years. With the operation, the unloading of short and long fiber pulp, fluff pulp and paper, from the Puma Units, located in Ortigueira (PR), and from the Monte Alegre Unit, in Telêmaco Borba (PR), can be carried out within the Port of Paranaguá.

With a structure that covers an area of ​​27,530 m², leased by Klabin for 25 years, in an auction held in August 2019, the new operation also brings productivity and competitiveness to Klabin in breakbulk, a mode of maritime cargo transport without the use of containers, which ships large volumes directly inside the ships, allowing customers to be served on a large scale and with operational excellence.

In terms of sustainability, the location of the new terminal has a direct rail connection to the Klabin factory in Ortigueira (PR), allowing for a reduction in truck traffic, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions and benefits road traffic from Paranaguá. In addition, the terminal will have solar panels that will produce around 270 MWh/year, making the site's energy generation more sustainable and reinforcing Klabin's commitment to its ESG agenda.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by state authorities, such as the governor of Paraná, Ratinho Junior, the State Secretary for Infrastructure and Logistics, Fernando Furiatti, the CEO of APPA (Administration of the Ports of Paranaguá and Antonina), Luiz Fernando Garcia da Silva, in addition to the National Secretary of Ports and Waterway Transport, Fabrizio Pierdomenico.

On the occasion, members of Klabin's board reinforced the importance of the Terminal as part of the Company's business strategy.

“The Port of Paranaguá is one of the most important in Brazil, in addition to being the main transport route for Klabin's production in the State. The new terminal will bring operational efficiency to the Company, guaranteeing high levels of logistics productivity in addition to intensifying the development of the logistics infrastructure in Brazil,” Klabin said.

With the operation, Klabin consolidates its logistics strategy in the State of Paraná, bringing even more competitiveness, flexibility and sustainability to its operations, in addition to being prepared for future expansions. In 2021, the company invested BRL 300 million in the Ortigueira Container Terminal, operated in partnership with Brado Logística and the Paranaguá Container Terminal (TCP). The project has the capacity to store 2,000 containers and has doubled the Company's container outflow capacity in Paraná.

SOURCE: Klabin

 

Ridley Island Export Logistics Project

Prince Rupert Port Authority Announces Milestone on Ridley Island Export Logistics Project

March 2, 2023 - The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) announced today that the Ridley Island Export Logistics Project (RIELP) has reached a significant milestone with the receipt of its final determination of the Federal environmental effects evaluation review.

The Federal Authorities have determined, in accordance with the requirements of Section 82 of the Impact Assessment Act (IAA), that the Ridley Island Export Logistics Project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. This concludes the Federal environmental review process, which is a prerequisite for the Federal Authorities to consider the required authorizations for the project to proceed.

Following receipt of required permits, early works are planned to begin in early March, with tree clearing and site preparation activities. PRPA continues to work toward making a Final Investment Decision on the project with its commercial partners, expected later this year.

Planned for the southern end of Ridley Island, the export logistics complex will be an integrated ecosystem of large-scale bulk and breakbulk transload facilities, intermodal rail yard, and a container storage yard. The development will create an innovative and competitive transloading facility for commodities such as plastic pellets, cereal grains, specialty agriculture crops, lumber, and pulp to be loaded directly from rail into containers for export, creating 400,000 TEUs of export capacity in the first phase. The new export logistics facility will increase efficiencies in export supply chains, maximizing value to Canadian exporters while supporting the substantial growth of the intermodal business at the Port of Prince Rupert.

The Ridley Island Export Logistics Project is a vital component of the Port of Prince Rupert’s development plan for fully integrating intermodal activities between terminal, logistics and rail. The environmental benefits of the export logistics project include the densification of transload activities into a single location on Ridley Island to minimize land impacts, and proximity to Fairview Container Terminal via the dedicated Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor to minimize container truck movements and emissions, while maximizing rail usage on common infrastructure.

For additional information and resources about the RIELP project that were made available during the public comment period, please visit here.

SOURCE: Prince Rupert Port Authority

 

Port Santos

DP World to Invest $35 Million to Boost Container Capacity in Brazil in 2023

March 15, 2023 - DP World announced plans to invest US$35 million in 2023 to expand and modernize its facilities located on the left bank of Brazil’s Port of Santos. The port is one of the largest and most modern private multi-purpose port terminals in the country.

With the investment, the company plans to increase annual movement capacity from 1.2 million TEUs (unit equivalent to a twenty-foot container) to 1.4 million TEUs and expand the size of the quay from 1,100 meters to 1,300 meters. The terminal currently inhabits 845,000 square meters, with an additional 130,000 square meters available for expansion.

The port is also home to extensive cellulose pulp operations.

“Investing in the Port of Santos is a calculated move that reflects the port’s position as a critical artery for transportation and logistics in the region,” said Fabio Siccherino, CEO of DP World Santos. “We have a strong advantage in that the Port’s location – with surplus area and rail access – provides the opportunity to expand capacity. As a result, we have the flexibility to develop new projects that will support our cargo diversification strategy, helping to meet the needs of national economy sectors and positioning Brazilian products to be more competitive in the global market.”

The project, which aims to ensure that port capacity remains ahead of growing demand, marks DP World’s third round of investment since operations began in Brazil in July 2013. To date, more than R$3 billion has been invested in the implementation and expansion of the terminal, which is strategically located with access to land, road and rail, enabling large-scale multi-purpose operations.

SOURCE: DP World

 

Chairmen and strike guards at the gates of the Kaukokiido terminal in Vantaa at 5:30 in the morning on 15 February.

Finnish Transport Workers’ Union Rejects Employer’s Proposal, Strikes Begin at Ports

Feb. 15, 2023 - Finnish Transport Workers’ Union, Auto-ja Kjetusala Työntekijäliitto (AKT), commenced its strike action on 15 February at 06:00 am (local time) impacting all ports and terminals in Finland.

AKT and employer organisations are at an impasse over wages and working conditions.

The strike that started earlier today will last until further notice with all vessel operations in Finland's ports, gate moves and handling of containers within terminals having been suspended until further notice.

AKT said that it held collective bargaining negotiations with employer organizations and a mediator until the last moments on Tuesday evening, 14 February. European Labour Authority Mediator, Leo Suomaa, gave settlement proposals to both the stevedoring sector and the truck, tanker and oil product sector as well as the terminal operations sector.

According to AKT, its divisions and the union's board discussed reconciliation proposals in their meetings on Tuesday evening. However, the presentations had to be rejected as “completely inadequate.”

AKT said negotiations have been held since the beginning of December, but the two sides have not been able to come to an agreement on wages and working conditions.

AKT said the goal is to have the wage level improved and corrected so that real wages do not fall. In addition, there are also important issues still to be agreed upon in the qualitative development of working conditions.

The negotiating parties will recommence the negotiations by 17 February.

The largest ports affected by the strike are Hamina-Kotka, Helsinki, Hanko, Kokkola, Naantali, Pori, Oulu, Rauma, Turku and Uusikaupunki. With 90 per cent of Finnish goods exports handled at ports, the strike could have serious repercussions for the foreign trade of Finland.

A list of affected operations can be found here

SOURCE: AKT and news reports

 

Georgia Ports Authority Names Flavio Batista as Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Flavio BatistaJan. 23, 2023 - The Georgia Ports Authority has named Flavio Batista as its new Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

“We’re delighted to add Flavio to our team,” said Cliff Pyron, Chief Commercial Officer at GPA. “His depth of knowledge and the energy he brings to this new position will continue and strengthen the customer-centered focus that has been a hallmark of Georgia Ports.”

Batista comes to GPA from the Wallenius Wilhelmsen Group, an ocean carrier focused on developing sustainable shipping and logistics solutions for manufacturers of cars, trucks, heavy equipment and specialized cargo.

In his new position, he will direct international marketing, business development, and the sales effort toward beneficial cargo owners. Batista said his experience finding end-to-end solutions for customers will inform his work promoting Georgia Ports.

“It’s not a matter of just getting the customer to bring their cargo to the port, as opposed to somewhere else,” Batista said. “It’s about adding value to our customers beyond the port, finding the best overall solution for them.”

Batista’s experience at Wallenius Wilhelmsen spans the globe. He most recently served as senior vice president and head of Americas sales, leading ocean and logistics commercial development and customer relations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Latin America. Prior to that position, he was executive vice president and head of commercial activities for Europe, Africa and the Middle East at Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, based in Antwerp, Belgium. Prior to his time at WWL Europe, he was vice president for WWL in Sao Paulo, Brazil, responsible for South America.

Batista acknowledged that he is transitioning from the ocean carrier business to port administration at a challenging time when container demand is easing.

“More than ever, it is important for us to be able to highlight the benefits of using Georgia Ports,” Batista said. “During the height of demand, many new customers began using the Port of Savannah, because other ports couldn’t handle their volumes. Our work now is to transition this new business into long-term, loyal customers, and recruit new companies to move their cargo through our terminals.”

Batista said he and his wife and son are excited about moving from their current home in New Jersey to Georgia’s warmer climate and Southern hospitality.

 
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