Wilson Sons owns the world’s 6th best container terminal of less than  500,000 TEUs — Salvador Container Terminal — says World Bank  

  • 17/06/2024
  • 7 minutes

Prepared by the World Bank and S&P Global Market Intelligence, the ranking shows  the terminal’s operational efficiency and relevance for Brazil’s foreign trade 

A leader in port and maritime logistics in Brazil, Wilson Sons owns the world’s 6th best  container terminal of less than 500,000 TEUs — Salvador Container Terminal — with the  throughput of 500,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) handled per year. This terminal  is located in the Port of Salvador, in the capital of Bahia. The Container Port Performance  Index 2023 (CPPI) is based on a ranking released by the World Bank and S&P Global  Market Intelligence, which evaluated operational efficiency based on vessel time in ports. 

The performance of Salvador Container Terminal reflects Wilson Sons’ recent investments  in expansion, with a focus on innovation, sustainability and staff training, which have made  the terminal a relevant option for shipping companies that connect Brazil with global trade.  In 2021, Wilson Sons increased the availability of berths at Salvador Container Terminal  by doubling its main berth, which now has 800 meters and is capable of docking two New  Panamax super container ships (366 m) at the same time, in addition to smaller ships for  project operations at its connecting dock. It currently serves more than 470 ships per year  and over 750 trucks/day and has a modern management system allowing for optimized  cargo management at the terminal and on the ship, with greater safety and efficiency. 

The terminal is also a pioneer in the use of electrical equipment. Last year, the company  invested in another 12 electric terminal tractors (TTs) that are used for internal transport  between vessels and container storage areas. The TTs help to reduce up to 341 tons of  CO2 that will not be annually released into the atmosphere. 

“Wilson Sons seeks long-term sustainable development oriented towards creating value  for our stakeholders. With this focus, we invested in cutting-edge and sustainable equipment and increased the operational efficiency of Salvador Container Terminal, where  366-m ships can now call, thus helping to increase the service capacity and  competitiveness of Brazilian ports,”

says Wilson Sons COO Arnaldo Calbucci. 

To prepare the study, CPPI classified 405 global ports last year, evaluating more than  182,000 ship calls, 238.2 million operations and about 381 million TEUs. According to the  World Bank and S&P, the goal is to identify “areas of improvement for the benefit of multiple  stakeholders in the global trading system and supply chains, from ports to shipping  companies, national governments and consumers.” The World Bank reports that more than  80% of the goods traded are transported by sea, therefore “the resilience, efficiency and  overall performance of ports are crucial for global markets and economic development.”  

“The Northeast, through Salvador Container Terminal, is a great choice for Brazil, and to  support Brazilian foreign trade. We are located in Baía de Todos-os-Santos, which is  considered the capital of the Blue Amazon, given its privileged natural conditions with  excellent sea and land accessibility. Continuous investments, with emphasis on the  expansion of the terminal and the acquisition of new equipment, are made by qualified  people committed to our clients’ experience and business development. Safety, speed and  trust, combined with transparency and corporate governance, have led to business  expansion and investment attraction,” says Demir Lourenço, executive director of Salvador  Container Terminal, who further adds: “Our terminal is a tool of great value for the  development of the national and international supply chain, offering logistics solutions to  more than ten Brazilian states, from the Southeast to the North.” 

The terminal received investments of more than R$ 1 billion 

Wilson Sons has invested more than R$ 1 billion in Salvador Container Terminal in  expansion and modernization works since it began to manage it. With an area of 163,200  m2, the terminal has a central position on the Brazilian coast and is closely connected to  key areas onshore, being an important instrument for attracting new businesses and  investments to Brazil. 

Its high standards of technological, operational and safety efficiency allow the expansion  of export and import operations, transporting cargo from different sectors and origins, which  boosts the production chain in several states. The segments include fruits, cotton,  fertilisers, leather, paper pulp, juice, cocoa, sisal and wood products, meat, sugar, rice,  coffee, tires, electronics, chemicals, in addition to large-sized bulk and loose cargo directed  to renewable energy projects and others. 

About Wilson Sons 

Wilson Sons is the largest port-shipping logistics operator in Brazil, with over 186 years  of experience. The company operates across Brazil and offers complete solutions to more  than 5,000 clients, including shipowners, importers and exporters, offshore energy  industry, renewable energy projects, agribusiness corporations, and other players in  different businesses. Learn more at: https://www.wilsonsons.com.br/en/

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