The port of Pecém
The port of Pecém was built in 2001 and it consists of a jetty that extends 2 kilometers from the shoreline into the ocean. The pier has three shorter secondary jetties. To manage the strong winds and currents, the last section of the jetty is surrounded by an L-shaped breakwater. The jetties have berths for dry bulk, liquid bulk (including LNG), break bulk and containers. Cargo is transported by road and pipelines across two bridges on the jetty to the mainland.
The port also includes an industrial area that is continuously under development. Numerous industrial and logistical companies have already moved in. They include a steel plant, power plants (LNG and coal), cement plants and manufacturers of windmill blades.
The port complex also has an Export Processing Zone (ZPE), an area with attractive tax incentives for companies which focus on exporting.
Current commercial activities/cargo and opportunities
Dry bulk: In addition to the current imports of iron ore and coal, there is potential for exports of grain and iron ore.
Liquid bulk: Imports of LNG for the two LNG power plants. In addition, a tender procedure is now in progress for the construction of a tank terminal for fuels and LPG.
Break bulk: Current exports of steel slabs, blades for wind turbines. In addition, granite is exported on a small scale. There are opportunities to increase exports in granite and RoRo potential for automotive imports.
Containers: Containers are imported, exported, cabotaged and transhipped. Large amounts of fruit, grain, plastics and industrial products are exported in containers. The container volumes, in combination with the industrial activities, result in potential for cold storage, warehousing and distribution centres.