TecPlata S.A., which is International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI)’s business unit operating at the Port of La Plata, Argentina, and the Port of Sta. Fe have jointly launched a barge feeder service which is all set to create a new and direct link to Brazil and Asia.
Launched on 9th December, the service will be having a minimum of two calls per month between Sta. Fe and La Plata which is aimed at providing superior connectivity for a market estimated at 80,000 TEUs. Further, It also serves as an alternative river connection to Argentina’s central, northeast and northwest regions.
The first export containers from the Port of Sta. Fe were loaded onto Newport Management’s Bagual, which is a 500 TEU barge.
The first companies to use the new service were Insuga S.A. and Adecoagro S.A., which exported bone meal to Vietnam and milk powder to Singapore, respectively. The cargoes were discharged in TecPlata on 13th December and were loaded onto the Log-In vessel Jacarandá on 15th December.
The Bagual departed from TecPlata on 30th November, and was loaded with empty containers to be used for the first exports.
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An opening ceremony was held during the vessel’s arrival at the Port of Sta. Fe in the same week to mark the first connection between the two container terminals. The event was attended by Sta. Fe Governor Omar Perotti, who underscored the great potential of the new service, “We need this – an operator who brings the barges in at a timely manner. We need security in the transshipment done by the shipping companies to get to the final destination, avoiding traffic, complexity, and costs in transporting the cargo by truck to the Port of Buenos Aires.”
Along with providing a lower inland cost alternative, the exclusive feeder service is also expected to contribute significantly to the reduction of carbon emissions between Greater Buenos Aires and the country’s hinterland.