State Government is going to the Netherlands on Wednesday to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Port of Rotterdam International, which manages the port of Rotterdam. The partnership is intended to carry out some studies.
by Beatriz Cavalcante – O POVO ONLINE
To begin negotiations with the Dutch, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed next Wednesday in the Netherlands between Ceará and the Port of Rotterdam International. The document intent is a partnership in carrying out studies on the Industrial and Port Complex of Pecém (Cipp). " Once they have signed the document, the studies start the other week. The effectiveness of the partnership must take place in 12 months, "says Danilo Serpa, president of Cearáportos.
Asked why Rotterdam would choose Ceará, Danilo said that Fortaleza has similar configurations to what the Dutch want, such as mixing industry and port activities at CIPP, including an Export Processing Zone (ZPE), the only one active in the country. “In September 2015 we signed an agreement with Rotterdam Port for a consultancy. They saw the potential of Cipp and ended up getting interested.”
Maia Júnior, Secretary of Planning and Management, says that the concept of having industry and Port interconnected at Pecém is a logistics vision that interests Rotterdam since is the same one adopted by the Dutch port.
“Bringing them in the future is a big step forward for Ceará. They are recognized throughout the world and will strengthen the expansion of the Port of Pecém, improve infrastructure, increase competitiveness and create a container hub. They will have weight in the economic part, in the generation of jobs. The Government and Rotterdam can make a partnership that will impact on the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of the State, "says Maia.
Heitor Studart, president of the Logistics Thematic Chamber of Ceará and the Infrastructure Council of the Federation of Industries of the State of Ceará (Fiec) says that the market expects a partnership in which Rotterdam holds about 25% of the Port of Pecém. "The Federal Government and Ceará do not have the resources to invest. For the investments that are needed to attract a refinery, or oil tanker terminal and metalworking industries, Rotterdam's expertise is going to help, not the Public Authority”.
The president of Cearáportos says that the partnership should also make it possible to transfer Mucuripe tanking facility (fuel storage) to Pecém.
According to Studart, the expected impact with the arrival of the venture should create about 30 thousand direct jobs and an increase in the State GDP similar to the one brought by the Steel Company of Pecém (CSP). The steel company has a 12% impact in the sum of wealth and assets of the State. Rotterdam will foster the qualification of Ceará workforce” he points out.
The Port of Rotterdam has an industrial, logistics and service complex connected by sea to the world and by waterway and land to the center of Europe. Rotterdam's industrial and logistics complex includes sheds and storage tanks for products, refineries, chemical, bioenergy and food industries, power plants (coal, gas, biofuels).
Located in the delta of the Rhine and Meuse rivers, which cross countries like Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Holland, Rotterdam has a channel of 45 km of extension that ends in the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
The total area is 12,600 hectares (including waterways), divided into at least seven areas. It moves about 465 million tons per year, while the Port of Pecém closed last year with 11.6 million. Rotterdam moves more than double the second-largest European port in Antwerp (Belgium) and three times more than the port of Hamburg (Germany).
The company that manages the Dutch Port tries to create a network of ports in Europe, Indonesia (located between Southeast Asia and Oceania), Latin America, the Middle East and the Caribbean, and holds a 50% stake in the new port of Sohar, in Oman (Arabian Peninsula), whose cargo movement has grown from 4 million tonnes to 45 million tonnes since 2007.
In Brazil, the Dutch port has a participation in the future Porto Central, in Espírito Santo, a port industrial complex along the lines of Rotterdam that will mainly meet the demand of the States of Minas Gerais, Goiás, Mato Grosso, São Paulo, Rio and Espírito Santo, where more than 100 million people/consumers live. There, the start of the operations is scheduled for 2020.