||This article may require copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone, or spelling. (February 2015)|
|This article's factual accuracy may be compromised due to out-of-date information. (April 2012)|
Suape Port is a Brazilian International Port in the city of Ipojuca in the state of Pernambuco. The port is located inside the Recife metropolitan area 40 km south of the capital (Recife). Suape is a non-tidal port that services ships 365 days a year and as one of the most important harbour and container terminals in the northeast of Brazil, plays an important role in the economy of the state of Pernambuco. In the 21st century Suape started to become Pernambuco's main focus for development. Huge national and international investments have been made in the port due to its logistical benefits. By 2010 it is expected these will have totalled more than US$10 billion.
The port was designed by the then state Governor Francisco de Moura. Its name originates from Suape beach, the most southern beach of Cabo de Santo Agostinho. However, the port is actually in the municipality of Ipojuca. Its design is based on the Port-Industry integrated system used in countries such as France and Japan. The construction of the port was designed for the transportation of fuels and bulk cereals, replacing the Recife port. On November 7, 1978 a new state law created the company Suape Industrial Port Complex to manage the development of the project and the port itself. Today, it is one of the largest ports in Brazil and has been considered one of the most technologically advanced. Its area of influence covers the whole state of Pernambuco and large parts of Alagoas and Paraiba states.
Suape Port, serves ships 365 days a year with no regard to tidal schedules. To assist in the docking operation of the ships, the port offers a monitoring system and laser ship docking system that enables effective, secure control and upholds the same technical standards as the most important ports across the globe. The port moved over than 8.4 million tonnes in 2008 of cargo a year (has increased 7 times since 1992). The liquid transfer (petroleum by-products, chemical products, ethanol, vegetable oils, etc.) constituted more than 80% of the total amount moved. The port can serve ships of up to 170,000 DWT and operational draft of 14.50 m. With 27 km² of backport, the internal and external ports offer the necessary conditions for serving large ships. The access canal has a 5,000m extension, which measures 300m wide and 15.5m deep. More than 96 Companies from almost all industries are already installed or trying to become installed in Suape. These include a Petrobras Refinary, the largest Ship Builder in South America (Atlantico Sul) and a large Petrochemical Company.
The Port is accessed by the federal road BR 101 and the state road PE 060. At 35 kilometres (22 mi) northwest interconnect with BR 232, Federal highway which criss-crosses the state in the east-west direction.
The Guararapes International Airport from Recife, is located 25 kilometres (16 mi) north. The Maceió airport is located 210 kilometres (130 mi) south, João Pessoa airport is located 160 kilometres (99 mi) north and is located near state airports such as Caruaru (160 kilometres (99 mi) W), and Petrolina (725 kilometres (450 mi) W).
The general importance of the port for the Northeast region (NE) will increase by the end of 2010 with the completion of the Transnordestina (main goods NE train line with 1,800 km/1,115 mi extent), which will cross 3 and connect 7 States (34 cities just in Pernambuco) goods/products directly with Suape Port and Pecem Port, Ceara), with estimated costs of 4.5 BR$. The city of Cabo de Santo Agostinho has also a diesel train called the South Train, which connects directly with Recife but is just used for passenger service.
Recife is considered one of the biggest Logistic Centers in Brazil, due to Suape port, the international airport and geographic center location in the northeastern region of Brazil. Logistic, Communications and Financial sector employees make up 4% of the Recife workforce and over than 9% in the Metropolitan Area.Those numbers will increase with the completion of the Transnordestina in 2010. In the 21st century Suape started to become Pernambuco's main focus for development. Attracted by its logistical qualities, extensive national and international investments are expected to total in excess of US$10 billion.
- SUAPE - Port and Industrial Complex
- Suape Statistics
- "Governo do Estado de Pernambuco - Welcome". pe.gov.br. Retrieved 12 February 2015.