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.
Port website: http://www.cdp.com.br/porto-de-vila-do-conde
Key port information may also be found at: http://www.maritime-database.com
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
TAP, AVIANCA, LATAM, SURINAM AIRWAYS, AZUL, GOL
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.
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 Allowed||13.3 meters|
|Max Channel Draft||14 meters|
|Cargo Trimming||Spout trimming|
1,500 Tons/hr for soya beans and maize
750 Tons /hr for soya meals
|Official Bs/L Figures||Shore scale|
|Fresh Water Supply||Unavailable|
|Tug Boats||3 Tugs in + 2 Tugs out (compulsory)|
|Local Times||Mosquiero Pilot Station GMT -3H, Vila Do Conde GMT -3H|
|Working Times||24/7, Holidays included|
|Berth Length||131 meters|
|Distance between fenders||80, then 50 meters|
|Distance between dolphins||263 meters|
|Air draft||22 meters|
|LOA Restriction||240 meters|
|Beam Restriction||38 meters|
|Dead Weight||120,000 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 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.
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.
|2018 Performance||3,000,000 tons vs max capacity for 6,000,000 tons|
|Water density||0.997 g/cm3|
|Max draft allowed||20 meters|
|Max draft at channel||13.3 meters|
|Cargo Trimming||Spout trimming|
1500 MT/hr for maize and soya beans
750 MT/hr for soya meals
|Official BsL Figures||Shore scale|
|Bunkers||Available through Petrobras barges in 2018, no longer allowed.|
|Tug boats||5 Tugs Available – 2 Tugs compulsary|
|Local Time||GMT – 3 Hrs|
|Working Hours||24/7, holidays included|
|Berth Length||180 meters|
|Air Draft||16 meters|
|LOA Restriction||250 meters|
|Beam Restriction||45 meters|
|Max DWT||122,000 DWT|
|Shiploader (max outreach)||1 shiploader sideways moving on rail and a with a moving arm with 25 meters outreach.|
|Quiriri pilot station||00° 16.5” S||47° 48.0”W|
|Espadarte outer roads||00° 24.5” S||47° 46.0”W|
|Mosqueiro pilot station||01° 06.0” S||48° 29.5”W|
|Mosqueiro ballast exchange||01° 05.0” S||48° 29,5” W|
Anchorage for vessels awaiting berthing
|Point A||01° 31’00” S||48° 46’12” W|
|Point B||01° 31’24” S||48° 45’54” W|
|Point C||01° 31’30” S||48° 46’36” W|
|Point D||01° 31’42” S||48° 46’18” W|
Distances for reference
|Espadarte P/S to Mosqueiro P/S||60 mins|
|Espadarte P/S to Hidrovias||86 mins|
|Quiriri P/S to Mosqueiro P/S||75 mins|
|Quiriri P/S to Hidrovias||101 mins|
|Mosqueiro P/S to Hidrovias||23 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 / Longitude||01°34`09.79” S, 48°46`53.06" W|
|Stowage Factor||49 Soybeans / 46 Maize (cu ft/mt)|
|Moisture Limit and Content||14% moisture (beans)|
|Angle of repose||27° Soybeans / 26° Maize|
|Shipment||Loading through a conveyor belt system and automatic ship loaders|
|Max draft for loading||13.30 m|
|Water density (freshwater)||0.996|
|Max LOA||237 m|
|Max beam||40 m|
|Max DWT||95,000 DWT|
|Max air draft (WLTHC)||16.5 m|
|Nominal loading rate capacity||2,000 M/T per hour|
|Hours of Work||24/7 holidays included|
|Length of berth||Platform is 142 meters long by 11.60 meters wide.|
|Loading equipment/facilities||3 ship loaders/operating one per time.|
|Berthing||Starboard 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 boat||Compulsory use for any maneuver.|
Berthing Maneuvers instructions per kind of vessel
Vessels until 50,000 DWT
Vessels from 50,001 DWT until 80,000 DWT
Vessels from 80,001 DWT until 95,000 DWT
SANTOS BRASIL TECON VILA DO CONDE CONTAINER TERMINAL
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.
December to June
Major Export Campaigns
March to November (only for grain terminals)
Handling Figures for 2018
CDP: 882 Including 138 Container vessels + 3 grain terminals: 167 = 1049
Container Traffic (TEUs)
Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2018
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
CDP Vila Do Conde Port Authority: https://www.cdp.com.br/tarifas-portuarias
Santos Brasil Tecon Vila Do Conde Container Terminal: https://www.santosbrasil.com.br/tmp/TABELA-PRECOS/tabela_de_pre_c1_ccedil_c2_os_2019_-_convicon.pdf
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
Maximum Draft (m)
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.
CDP VILA DO CONDE BERTH 401, 13.3 max sailing draft
Terfron, Hidrovias, TGPM Grain Terminals. 13.3 m max sailing draft
Imports - Bagged Cargo
CDP Container Berth 401
Exports - Bagged Cargo
CDP Container Berth 401
Imports and Exports - RoRo
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
3 X GOTTWALD 120 TONS
PUBLIC BERTH 401 OWNED BY TECON CONTAINER TERMINAL
6XFULL CONTAINER + 3 EMPTY CONTAINER, OWNED BY TECON CONTAINER TERMINAL
RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)
3 SHIPLOADERS WITH MAX 2,000 MT/H LOADING RATE
ONE FOR EACH GRAIN TERMINAL
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
Number of Reefer Stations
Emergency Take-off Capacity
Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
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
Working Hours: 8:00 – 12:00 / 13:00 - 17:00
Please see Port of Santos Customs Guidance for Brazilian Customs Orientation Document (in Portuguese).
Number of Storage Facilities
TECON container terminal
TECON container terminal
TECON container terminal
All stevedoring activities are carried out by grain terminal owners and CDP terminal concession owners.
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.
Current ISPS Level
ISPS Level 1