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Brazil Terminal Portuário Officially Opened

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first_imgAPM Terminals, November 29, 2013 My location Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom Brasil Terminal Portuário (BTP) was officially opened yesterday with a gala celebration held at the new 1.2 million TEU annual capacity facility at the Port of Santos, featuring Brazilian Minister of Seaports, Antonio Henrique Silveira and 500 invited guests and media representatives.Development of the multi-purpose terminal project in South America’s busiest container port began in 2007, with APM Terminals acquiring a 50% share from Terminal Investment Limited (TIL) in 2010. The terminal represents an investment of over USD 1 billion by APM Terminals, and is operating as a joint venture with the current concession spanning 20 years.“We appreciate the efforts of President Rousseff’s administration to support BTP’s role in shaping Brazil’s economic future and we look forward to seeing the government complete both the local access road and access channel dredging. Once finalized, these initiatives will help create the essential port and landside infrastructure necessary for Brazil to reach its ambitions. Working together with our partner – TIL- whose vision and dedication have built the port and made it an incredible environmental success –APM Terminals will work hard to deliver high productivity to shipping lines, importers, exporters and truckers”, stated APM Terminals CEO Kim Fejfer who participated in the terminal inauguration event.Although fully equipped and operational since March, commercial operations at BTP could not commence until the terminal was issued International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Certification in April, and granted an operating license from the Brazilian Institute of Environmental and Renewable Natural resources in July. The first commercial vessel call took place August 14 th , and with scheduled dredging having been completed in October, BTP has become fully operational with 1,108 meters of quay and a 15 meter depth, capable of serving three x 9,200 TEU capacity vessel calls simultaneously.The 490,000 square meter (121 acre) terminal is equipped with eight Ship-to-Shore cranes, 26 RTGs, 40 terminal trucks, and an automated 18 lane gate. Constructed on a remediated brownfield industrial site to the highest standards of environmentally sustainable operations, BTP is the only terminal in the region that has a dedicated parking area for truckers, removing the vehicles from city roads, and improving air quality by significantly reducing diesel emissions resulting from traffic congestion.APM Terminals handled 528,000 TEUs at existing Brazilian operating terminals at the Ports of Itajai and Pecém in 2012, and has been active in port operations locally since 2007. The company also maintains a business development office in Sao Paulo, as well as local Brazilian Inland Services operations in Santos, Itajai, Paranagua, Rio Grande andItapoa. With the opening of BTP, APM Terminals-affiliated port facilities offer a combined annual Brazilian container throughput capacity of 2.25 million TEUs.The Port of Santos, the busiest container port in South America, handled 3 million TEUs in 2012, with total Brazilian container throughput of 8.3 million TEUs for the year. At USD $2.39 trillion, Brazil’s economy is the largest in Latin America, and the 7 th -largest globally by Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) calculation. The Brazilian government has announced plans for USD $26 billion investment in much needed infrastructure between 2012 and 2017 to accommodate projected economic and trade growth.“APM Terminals has now arrived in Santos, but we are not new arrivals to Brazil” noted Mr. Fejfer, adding “With a positive business environment, and the commitment of our local and global partners, we plan to continue to grow here in Brazil, and become an even bigger part of Brazil’s ongoing infrastructure investment, economic growth, and success”.last_img read more

UN agency looks to expand cooperation with Libya in battle against drugs

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Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), will start his three-day visit to Libya tomorrow. While there, he plans to hold talks with the country’s most senior leaders and administrators from the city of Tripoli, as well as to visit detention facilities and drug treatment centres.”We will explore ways to expand our cooperation with Libya, especially in light of the country’s announced commitment to fully contribute to international efforts against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism,” Mr. Costa said today. “Libya can play a prominent role in these efforts both in North Africa and in the Arab world in general.”Libya is party to all UN conventions against drugs, and has ratified the UN treaty against organized crime as well as all 12 universal instruments for the prevention and suppression of international terrorism. Last December, the country also signed the new UN Convention against Corruption.”UNODC stands ready to assist Libya in fighting corruption, which has been the government’s priority. Trafficking in human beings is another problem we would address together,” Mr. Costa said. “We strongly support Libyan leadership’s commitment to face the threat of drug abuse.”Voicing “serious concern” about HIV/AIDS, he also pledged to work with the authorities to reduce its impact.Vienna-based UNODC has been working in the country since 2001, running an ongoing project worth $2.8 million – funded fully by Libya – to provide training to 85 drug law enforcement officers. Several prevention workshops and seminars have taken place to increase awareness among youth and to train policy makers.In addition, equipment and other types of assistance have been provided to the border control officers, forensic laboratories, and drug abuse treatment and rehabilitation centres. The Office is also carrying out an assessment of the prevalence of drug abuse and HIV/AIDS in order to develop a national drug demand reduction strategy.The National Postal and Telecommunication Authority has decided to join forces with UNODC in combating illicit drug trafficking and money laundering. A new, $1.4 million specialized technical assistance project is being designed to strengthen the national postal control and inspection systems in Libya. read more

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