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, 2,800 plugs for refrigerated containers, an 20,000-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 Wilson Sons commenced operating Tecon Santa Clara, the inland navigation terminal located at the Triunfo Petrochemical Complex (RS). Currently with two river barges, Tecon Santa Clara has four weekly calls connecting the Northern Region of the state directly to the Port of Rio Grande.
Tecon is part of a port complex called Superporto do Rio Grande (Superport of Rio Grande), which, in a 500 nautical mile radius (from Buenos Aires to Paranaguá),is the central geographic spot that offers the deepest waters for ship operations (47 feet). It's also the southernmost sea port in Brazil, situated on the West shore of the Channel of Rio Grande, the natural outlet for the wholeLagoa dos Patos Hydrographic basin. In this wayTeconis entitled to become the Mercosul container terminal.
Road: asphalt road in good repair, permanent access(320km to State capital PortoAlegre).
Rail: metric gauge, in good repair, permanent access.
Sea: bar (depth: 14.5m). Fluvial: through the Guaíba River.
Lake: throughLagoa dos Patos (depth: 6m).
Airport: Gustavo Kramer Airport(45 - minuteflight from Rio Grande to Porto Alegre).