Antwerp sees first heavy lift delivery to Port do Acu

ANTWERP: May 2019. Last week the BBC Chartering heavy lift vessel MV Amethyst became the first to deliver a Siemens gas turbine from Antwerp to Porto do Açu, Brazil.

The shipment is an essential component of the new thermoelectric power plant of GNA – Gás Natural Açu Ltda, a joint venture between Prumo, the holding company of Porto do Açu, BP and Siemens.

With a three gigawatt capacity, the complex will provide 14 million households with electricity and is part of the largest LNG-to-power complex in Latin America. The joint venture also has a license to more than double its size, reaching 6.4 GW of installed capacity, which will allow the development of additional thermoelectric projects in the future.

The gas turbine was first transported by barge from Mülheim, German to Antwerp and then loaded on the BBC Amethyst, together with other outsize shipments.

Since 2017 Port of Antwerp International, a subsidiary of the Antwerp Port Authority, has been a shareholder of, and long-term consultant to, the Port of Açu which is strategically located in the south-east of Brazil close to the major markets of Rio de Janeiro, Espirito Santo and Minas Gerais.

Tessa Major, Commercial director of Porto do Açu commented: “Both our ports have deep expertise in breakbulk cargo and they both aim for sustainable growth. The fact that the first cargo is project cargo for a sustainable energy project is really the cherry on the cake. We hope this successful case will in the near future lead to many more cargo streams between Antwerp and Açu.”

Around 6.2 million tonnes ship each year between and Brazilian ports including coffee, meat, fruit, wood, tobacco and steel products from Brazil and malt, fertilizers, chemicals and potato products from Europe.

Pictured: MV Amethyst sister ship MV Sapphire.