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Port of Paranaguá makes progress on pulp terminal

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With innovations in technology and sustainability, the construction of a new pulp terminal on the pier of the Port of Paranaguá, which began in June 2021, is advancing and is expected to be completed in 2H22 so that the first operation through the warehouse can happen in December 2022. The investment is R$120 million, made by Klabin, a pulp manufacturer, with an industrial unit in Telêmaco Borba, in Campos Gerais.

The 27 530 m2 area was acquired by the company in an auction held by Portos do Paraná in August 2019. The concession agreement was signed in early 2020, ending two decades without new leases in the Port of Paranaguá. The area exploration contract is for 25 years, renewable for another 45 years.

For the CEO of Portos do Paraná, Luiz Fernando Garcia, the work, in addition to being a landmark for the Port of Paranaguá, is also a reference for its agility and quality: “We have the confidence of a large company to invest around R$120 million in the Port of Paranaguá, generating employment, income and giving a usefulness to an area that, until then, was not operational.”

The Director of Operational Planning, Logistics and Supplies at Klabin, Sandro Ávila, informs that the construction is ahead of schedule. According to him, the part of the external rail access is practically completed, with a new slope crossing Avenida Portuária. In the internal access of the wagons, the company now lays the rails. “Today, we have this work around 20% ahead of the calendar,” he added.

This investment, according to Garcia, was mainly attracted by the fact that the ports of Paraná are an efficient logistics option. “Klabin, a large company, expects this efficiency to be reflected in a commercial advantage,” he said. “Our obligation is to collaborate in the development of the work and ensure that operations are carried out as efficiently as possible, whether they are receiving cargo by land or boarding the ship.”`

During a visit to the work, the Business Director of Portos do Paraná, André Pioli, highlighted the opportunities that come with the new terminal: “The work is close to being delivered and will generate more than 160 direct jobs and many more indirect ones. This represents an advance for the economy of Paranaguá and Paraná.”

At this current stage, the work employs approximately 180 workers from the most diverse construction functions. Sandro Ávila, from Klabin, explains that it is a set of factors and initiatives that guarantee the agility of the work. One of the factors that he highlights is the authorisation received from the port administration and the Federal Revenue Service of Brazil for exclusive private access to the work. “This provided conditions for the work to be carried out without interruptions and without causing interruptions in the port. It was a very accelerating event,” commented Ávila.

Both the work and the operation provide for high levels of sustainability. During construction, for example, the company opted for a concrete with an iron mesh: “In addition to being safer to handle, it allows for ease of operation, agility at the time of drying and final preparation of the floor,” explained Ávila.

In addition, solar panels are already being installed in the new terminal, with photovoltaic energy capable of guaranteeing self-sufficiency in own consumption – and openings have been made in the roof to ensure clarity and reduce energy consumption during the brightest periods of the day. It will also have a water reuse system.

One process that is now starting to gain momentum is customs. According to Ávila, the company already has the entire TV and security circuit – with film cameras, mirrored servers, as required by the Federal Revenue, according to ISPSCode standards. “The work being ready, we need, together with the Federal Revenue, a test period to have the release. This process is quite advanced. We hope to start the activities of this terminal later this year,” he concluded.

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