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Port Overview

Barcarena is a Brazilian municipality in the state of Pará adjacent the Tocantins River. It has a population of 102,015 and is part of the Belém metropolitan area. The city's economy relies largely on agriculture and bauxite. There are also facilities for pig iron nearby. They city and port are developing as a major transhipping port, speeding up shipment and reducing time and costs as opposed to traditional mega ports in the Southeast.

Opened by Companhia Docas do Pará (DP), on October 24, 1985, The Port of Vila do Conde, located in Ponta Grossa, municipality of Barcarena, State of Pará, on the right bank of the Pará River, at a distance of 55 km from Belém and about 3.3 km downstream from Vila Murucupi, new denomination of the old Vila do Conde, in front of the bay of Marajó, formed, among others, by the confluence of the rivers Tocantins, Guamá, Moju and Acará. It is integrated with the Industrial Port Complex of Vila do Conde.

Many factors transform the port into an efficient connection of the region with the rest of the world in view of its strategic geographic position, as well as the large extension of liable front with its 10 mooring berths with depth between 12 m to 23 m, rivers and roads, and a wide availability of areas for expansion.

The industrial complex adjacent to the port area is Alumínico Complex consisting of the units of Alunorte - Alumina do Norte do Brasil SA, Albrás - Alumínio Brasileiro SA, Alubar - Alumínios de Barcarena SA, as well as Imerys Rio Capim Caulim Kaolin Processing Plant & Terminal and Terfron, Hidrovias and TGPM Grain Terminals. Imerys and mentioned grain terminals have their own separate gates, road connections and berths apart from CDP Port of Vila Do Conde. Alumínico Complex and Santos Brazil Tecon Vila do Conde Container Terminals are using CDP Vila Do Conde public berths which are reserved for them.

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Port Location and Contact



Province or District

State of Para

Nearest Town or City

with Distance from Port

Barcarena – 19.6 kms

Port's Complete Name

Porto de Vila do Conde





Managing Company or Port Authority

Companhia Docas Do Para (CDP)

Management Contact Person

Antônio Carlos de Brito Barbosa

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

Val de Cans – Belem International Airport



Port Pictures

Amazon River Mouth on the Northside, on the South Belem and Port of Vila do Conde (Barcarena) and Marajo Island in between.


Belem – Barcarena – Vila Do Conde Overview (Port on upper left).


Private grain terminals on the left & right sides, and the CDP of Port of Vila Do Conde in the middle, behind the Vila Do Conde Port Aluminico complex.


Terfron Grain Terminal owned by Unitapajos JV of Bunge & Amaggi on the right side / Hidrovias Grain Terminal on the left.


Companhia Docas Do Para (CDP) Port of Vila Do Conde where Santos Brasil Container Terminal is located, servicing the Aluminico Complex which was opened in 1985. 


Closer view of the CDP Port of Vila Do Conde.



TGPM Grain Terminal A JV of ADM & Glencore on the left side, Imerys Caulim Kaolin processing plant on the right.


Description and Contacts of Key Companies

Please find following link for Barcarena Port & Terminal photos, videos and documents: Barcarena Documents.

Unitapajos Terfron (Terminal Fronteira Norte Logistica S.A.) Grain Terminal

Unitapajos is a Bunge & Amaggi JV with the focus on developing Northern routes for moving grains cultivated in Mato Grosso. Unitapajos is also owner of a transhipment terminal in Miritituba on Tapajos River where grain shipments are further connected to Terfron via barges. Terfron can receive grains via trucks and barges. Vessels reach Terfron via Quiriri Access Channel that has an official draft of 13.3 meters.


Max Draft Allowed13.3 meters
Max Channel Draft14 meters
MooringStarboard side
Cargo TrimmingSpout trimming
Loading Rate

1,500 Tons/hr for soya beans and maize

750 Tons /hr for soya meals

Official Bs/L FiguresShore scale
BunkersNot permitted
Fresh Water SupplyUnavailable
Tug Boats3 Tugs in + 2 Tugs out (compulsory)
Local TimesMosquiero Pilot Station GMT -3H, Vila Do Conde GMT -3H
Working Times24/7, Holidays included
Berth Length131 meters
Distance between fenders80, then 50 meters
Distance between dolphins263 meters
Air draft22 meters
LOA Restriction240 meters
Beam Restriction38 meters
Dead Weight120,000 MT
Displacement93,100 MT
SHIPLOADERS(Max outreach): 3 towers, working one at a time (25 meters)


All people involved on vessels loading/discharge must use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in accordance with Brazilian Labour Security Laws NR29/33/35. Holds cleaning is not permitted on berth in accordance with MARPOL 73/78. All vessels that is not approved on holds inspection at berthing time must leave the port and go to anchorage areas for holds cleaning. Vessel repair is not permitted. I.E.: Hulls painting, bottom cleaning, etc. Port Security must be informed in advance for provisions delivery.

Hidrovias Do Brasil Grain Terminal


Hidrovias is not a grain producer or trader. It is100% in logistics. They are one of the 2 partners in Montevideo, UY Grain Terminal which is part of their South Operation. COFCO & GRANELES are its main clients.

North Operation

North Operation was created to meet the demand for transportation and outflow of grains from the Central-Western region through the Northern Arc of Brazil. With investments of about BRL 1.5 billion, the waterway operation in the state of Pará should move 1 million tons of grain in the region in 2016, 3 million in 2017 and reach the total operational capacity of 6.5 million in 2020. In a second phase, the capacity will be increased to 8.5 million tons of grain per year.


The project involved the construction of a Cargo Transhipment Station (ETC), located in Miritituba, and the Private Use Terminal (TUP), located in Barcarena, relying on 5 main pusher tugs, 7 sets of 20 barges, 1 auxiliary pusher tug for Boiuçu Strait, besides 4 pusher tugs for harbour manoeuvres. The North Operation reduces the movement of the harbours of other Brazilian regions and of truck traffic, logistics cost and time required for the outflow of production to the Brazilian agribusiness main markets.

Miritituba Cargo Transshipment Station (ETC)

With operations starting in the first semester of 2016, the station will comprise the reception of trucks and loading of grain in barges.

  • Load capacity of approximately 40,000 tons / day;
  • 4 dumpers supporting up to 315 tons / hour each;
  • 1 floating pier enabling up to 1,800 tons / hour;
  • 8 silos with maximum capacity of 144 thousand tons;
  • Operation located in an area of 10 hectares.

Vila Do Conde Private Terminal (TUP)

With the start of the operation in the second semester of 2016, the terminal is receiving trucks and barges loaded with grains, which can be shipped on Post Panamax bulk carriers with capacity of up to 120 thousand tons, leaving for the external market.

  • Load capacity of approximately 48,000 tons / day;
  • 2 dumpers with maximum capacity of up to 315 tons / hour each;
  • 2 warehouses with a static capacity of 120 thousand tons for a total of 240,000 tons and a 3rd warehouse with a similar capacity is being planned.
  • 1 berth receiving ships up to the Post Panamax model with maximum capacity of up to 120 thousand tons;
  • 1 berth receiving barges with maximum capacity of up to 1,426 tons / hour;
  • Ship loader for the loading of ships of 2,000 tons / hour;
  • Operation located in an area of 50 hectares.

2018 Performance3,000,000 tons vs max capacity for 6,000,000 tons
Water density0.997 g/cm3
Max draft allowed20 meters
Max draft at channel13.3 meters
Cargo TrimmingSpout trimming
Loading Average

1500 MT/hr for maize and soya beans

750 MT/hr for soya meals

Official BsL FiguresShore scale
BunkersAvailable through Petrobras barges in 2018, no longer allowed.
Tug boats5 Tugs Available – 2 Tugs compulsary
Local TimeGMT – 3 Hrs
Working Hours24/7, holidays included
Berth Length180 meters
Air Draft16 meters
LOA Restriction250 meters
Beam Restriction45 meters
Max DWT122,000 DWT
Shiploader (max outreach)1 shiploader sideways moving on rail and a with a moving arm with 25 meters outreach.


Quiriri pilot station00° 16.5” S 47° 48.0”W
Espadarte outer roads00° 24.5” S47° 46.0”W
Mosqueiro pilot station01° 06.0” S48° 29.5”W
Mosqueiro ballast exchange01° 05.0” S48° 29,5” W

Anchorage for vessels awaiting berthing

Point A01° 31’00” S48° 46’12” W
Point B01° 31’24” S48° 45’54” W
Point C01° 31’30” S48° 46’36” W
Point D01° 31’42” S48° 46’18” W

Distances for reference

Espadarte P/S to Mosqueiro P/S60 mins
Espadarte P/S to Hidrovias86 mins
Quiriri P/S to Mosqueiro P/S75 mins
Quiriri P/S to Hidrovias101 mins
Mosqueiro P/S to Hidrovias23 mins


TGPM (Terminal De Graos Ponta Da Montanha) Grain Terminal

Terminal is a ADM & GLENCORE JV. Unlike other most of the terminal owners, they do not own a connecting terminal in Porto Velho or Miritituba or their own barge fleet. They are working with the Bertolini Logistics Group which has their own terminals, barges and tug boats.


TGPM can operate POST PANAMAX – KASARMAX size vessels, maximum loading operation till now is 68,000 MT, in principle no shifting during loading needed just like previously mentioned TERFRON and HIDROVIAS terminals but for 1st and last hulls it might be needed. Terminal can discharge 1,500 MT/hr grains from the barges and can load 2,000 MT/H to the ship. Discharged grain from the barge can go 2 directions with 1 conveyor belt. Directly to the ship or the storage. TGPM has 1 warehouse with 120,000 tons capacity and silos for a total of 30,000 tons storage capacity for a total of 150,000 tons. In 2018, TGPM loaded 3,150,000 tons of grains and their max capacity 6,000,000 tons. Total terminal area is 77,000 m2.

Latitude / Longitude01°34`09.79” S, 48°46`53.06" W
QuayOne (1)
Stowage Factor49 Soybeans / 46 Maize (cu ft/mt)    
Moisture Limit and Content14% moisture (beans)
Angle of repose27° Soybeans / 26° Maize
ShipmentLoading through a conveyor belt system and automatic ship loaders
Chemical HazardsNone
Segregation requirementsNone
Siscarga IDBRVDC003

Port Restrictions

Max draft for loading13.30 m
Water density (freshwater)0.996
Max LOA237 m
Max beam40 m
Max DWT95,000 DWT
Max air draft (WLTHC)16.5 m
Nominal loading rate capacity2,000 M/T per hour
Hours of Work24/7 holidays included
Length of berthPlatform  is 142 meters long by 11.60 meters wide.
Loading equipment/facilities 3 ship loaders/operating one per time.
BerthingStarboard side, 2 hours after low water or 2 hours before high water. Maneuvers should not be performed with winds over 10 knots and in North, or North East direction or winds from any other direction above 10 knots.
Tug boatCompulsory use for any maneuver.

Berthing Maneuvers instructions per kind of vessel


Vessels until 50,000 DWT

  1. With less than 75% of cargo, LOA until 205 m, BEAM until 33 m – Maximum speed allowed during berthing procedures must to be: 0.15 m/s or 0.30 knots.
  2. With more than 75% of cargo, LOA until 205 m, BEAM until 33 m – Maximum speed allowed during berthing procedures must to be: 0.125 m/s or 0.25 knots.

Vessels from 50,001 DWT until 80,000 DWT

  1. With less than 75% of cargo, LOA until 225 m, BEAM until 33 m - Maximum speed allowed during berthing procedures must to be: 0.12 m/s or 0.24 knots.
  2. With more than 75% of cargo, LOA until 225 m, BEAM until 33 m – Maximum speed allowed during berthing procedures must to be: 0.10 m/s or 0.20 knots.

Vessels from 80,001 DWT until 95,000 DWT

  1. With any quantity of cargo, LOA until 237 m, BEAM until 40 m - Maximum speed allowed during berthing procedures must to be: 0.09 m/s or 0.18 knots.




Tecon Vila do Conde is part of one of the major Brazilian Container Terminal Operators in Santos Brazil since 2008. Tecon offers access to all continents either directly or through hub ports in the Caribbean. The terminal harnesses the region´s waterway capacity and continuously receives investments for expansion, modernization and staff qualification.

Terminal is within the premises of CDP Vila Do Conde Port and it is connected to public berths with the road infrastructure within the port. It is an inland terminal with very close proximity to the berthing area. Primary container lines that are calling Vila Do Conde are: CMA CGM, MSC, ONE, ALLIANCA (HAMBURG SUD/MAERSK) and MARFRET. Terminal is receiving 5 weekly regular calls of which 2 of them are CMA-CGM, 1 X MSC, 1 X ALLIANCA and 1 X ONE. Santos Brasil has renewed their concession in 2017 till 2032 and they are planning further investments of 32,000,000 USD. All trucks are entering and exiting port area from one door inly which is serving not only container shipments but all type of cargo passing through Vila Do Conde Port. Aluminium plants which are the principal clients of the port so TECON officially asked from CDP who are the port authority for authorization of a separate port gate only for container terminal usage.

2017 Export Volumes vs Import Volumes: - 30% vs 70% 

2018 Export Volumes vs Import Volumes: %87 vs % 13

Main Export Volumes: Minerals, wood, fish, shrimp, poultry, meat, fruits, wood pulp, cashew, pepper.

Main Import Volumes: Chemicals, machinery, project cargo

Tecon Santos has 3 Gottwald Mobile Cranes with each 120 tons capacity positioned in CDP Public Berth No 401 (254 meters quay line) which is reserved for container operation. Containers are moved backed and forth in between public berth and Tecon terminal with their own trucks.

Total Terminal Area: 160,000 m2

Total capacity including empties: 11,600 TEUs

Annual Handling Capacity: 140,000 TEUs / 2018 Performance: 100,000 TEUs

CFS: 4,500 m2

9 Reach stackers of which 6 for full containers and rest are for empty containers. 1 cold chamber is available that 2 containers can be loaded/unloaded simultaneously at. It has 408 Reefer Container Plugs, fiber-optic infrastructure and 16 wireless antennas covering the yard and the quay. X-ray monitoring for all import containers is a must. It has 2 entry gates with scales and an exit gate with scales for trucks.

Companhia Docas Do Para (CDP)

CDP is the port authority in charge Vila Do Conde Port where Tecon Container Terminal is also located. Railway network connection for the port is being studied and if it would be approved, further investments by the government will follow. Investments include construction of a grain terminal, mineral bulk terminal, railway connection and a 3rd pier (below photo on the left-hand side) new grain terminal and extension of container terminal premises. Port covers a total area of 3,748,891 m2.

On the left-side new terminal project, middle and right side is the current Vila Do Conde Port.

Port Performance

Seasonal Constraints


Time Frame

Rainy Season


December to June

Major Export Campaigns


March to November (only for grain terminals)

Other Comments


Handling Figures for 2018

Vessel Calls

CDP: 882 Including 138 Container vessels + 3 grain terminals:  167 = 1049

Container Traffic (TEUs)

Around 100,000

Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2018

Bulk (MT)

Total: 18,092,475 MT

3 grain terminals: Soybeans and Maize, 8,835,685 with almost even distribution.

CDP: 9,256,790 mostly minerals like bauxite, aluminium, manganese and caustic soda, combustibles, aluminium hydroxide

Break bulk (MT)

297,272 wood log shipments

Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges 

CDP Vila Do Conde Port Authority:

Santos Brasil Tecon Vila Do Conde Container Terminal:

Berthing Specifications

Maximum sailing draft 13.3 meters is expected to be increased to 13.5 meters in 2019. Minimum 6 ships need to pass with 13.5 meters with no incident. 

Type of Berth


Length (m)

Maximum Draft (m)


Conventional Berth




CDP Berths, max. sailing draft 13.3 meters. 3 berths with 720 meters max Loa total are reserved for ALUNORTE. TGL 501 Tank terminal berth is not included in mentioned figures.

Container Berth



23 m

 CDP VILA DO CONDE BERTH 401, 13.3 max sailing draft

Silo Berth



20 m

Terfron, Hidrovias, TGPM Grain Terminals. 13.3 m max sailing draft

Berthing Tugs


Water Barges


General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports - Bagged Cargo

CDP Container Berth 401

Exports - Bagged Cargo

CDP Container Berth 401

Imports and Exports - RoRo


Other Imports

Port Handling Equipment

The port equipment managed privately by private grain terminal owners or terminal operators within CDP Vila Do Conde Port. 



Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane


Container Gantries


Mobile Cranes








RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)


Grain Elevator








Container Facilities

Santos Brasil TECON Vila Do Conde is the only container terminal. They do not have a private berth, terminal is a concession and they are using only one position on public berths which is reserve for container handling. All below mentioned figures are for TECON terminal.


20 ft and 40 ft

Container Facilities Available

Yes, detailed info under description of Port Companies, Santos Brasil Tecon Vila Do Conde Terminal

Container Freight Station (CFS)

Yes, 7500 m2

Refrigerated Container Stations

1 cold chamber available for docking max 2 containers at a time

Other Capacity Details

Daily Take Off Capacity
(Containers per Day)


Number of Reefer Stations
(Connection Points)


Emergency Take-off Capacity


Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
(Containers per Shift)


Customs Guidance

Customs Authority: Inspetorias da Receita Federal No Para

Person in Charge: Cneio Lucius de Pontes e Souza


All customs process is done in a paperless environment on an electronic platform named e-CAC.

Address:  Rodovia PA 483 KM 2.1, Complexo Port de Vila Conde Barcarena, PARA CEP 68447-000

Tel: +55(91)37546567

Working Hours: 8:00 – 12:00 / 13:00 - 17:00 

Please see Port of Santos Customs Guidance for Brazilian Customs Orientation Document (in Portuguese).


Terminal Information


Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (m2)

Bagged Cargo

TECON container terminal

Refrigerated Cargo

TECON container terminal

General Cargo

TECON container terminal


All stevedoring activities are carried out by grain terminal owners and CDP terminal concession owners.

Hinterland Information

Speaking for grain terminals around %85 of cargo is arriving via river barges and rest is via trucks. Barges are bringing grain from Vila Do Conde and Miritituba grain transshipment ports on Madeira and Tapajos Rivers, just like Itacoatiara and Santarem operations.

Access to the port:

Road Access: The connection from Belém to the Port of Vila do Conde can be made by the BR-316 to the Municipality of Marituba, following by the Belt Road to the junction with PA-151 and from there to Vila do Conde in km 2 of PA -481. The whole route is 120 km. Last 30 km before the port, road conditions start to detoriate partially. All trucks that are coming in and out has to pass through highway scales, yet road infrastructure is too weak in some parts to support increasing truck traffic combined with heavy rains. Photos available under Barcarena Documents link.

River Access: By ferry crossing, 24 hours service, to the Arapari Terminal (10km ~ 1h). From there take the PA-151 to the junction with the PA-483 (~ 22km), continuing to km 2 of PA-481 (~ 20km).

Maritime Access: Through Pará River, which flows into the Atlantic, 500 m wide and 170 km long.

Port Security


ISPS Compliant


Current ISPS Level
(Level 1 = Normal, Level 2 = Heightened, Level 3 = Exceptional)

ISPS Level 1

Police Boats


Fire Engines


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