International Dredging Review

International Dredging Review
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Early in November 2016 Brazil’s Port of Pecém in the state of Ceará received a number of technicians from the country’s National Institute of Waterways Research (INPH) and the nation’s Navy Hydrography Center (CHM) to perform bathymetry tests at the port terminal as a way to expand it. The port should add three new berths 7 8 and 9 to receive cargo ships and container carriers. A port official said the bathymetry tests should indicate a depth of between 17 and 18 meters (56 and 59 feet). Such a depth would allow the facility to receive the Panamax the Post Panamax as well as Ultra Large Container Vessels. The Port of Pecém currently has six working berths: two at its first pier two in the second and an additional two at its Multiple Utilities Terminal (TMUT) reaching up an average depth of 18 meters (59 feet).