Ministry of Infrastructure holds a meeting to discuss the privatization process of Codeba ports with a focus on cargo handling strategies

Ruth Rodrigues
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26-04-2022 13:54:44
in Naval Industry, Ports and Shipyards
The investments that will be applied in the three Codeba ports will be essential for new infrastructure works that aim to expand the movement of cargo after the privatization of the places and the matter was discussed at a meeting of the Ministry of Infrastructure Photo: Ricardo Botelho/MInfra




The investments that will be applied in the three Codeba ports will be essential for new infrastructure works that aim to expand the movement of cargo after the privatization of the places and the matter was discussed at a meeting of the Ministry of Infrastructure

Last Wednesday (20/04), the Ministry of Infrastructure met with the Special Secretariat of the Investment Partnership Program of the Ministry of Economy and BNDES to discuss the privatization of three ports located in Codeba (Companhia Docas da Bahia) and what strategies would be used to attract new investments and expand the movement of loads in the places after the end of the process.

Meeting on privatization of the ports of Ilhéus, Aratu-Candeia and Salvador, by Codeba, is held by the Ministry of Infrastructure and bodies of the port sector 

With the privatization of Brazilian ports getting closer and closer throughout the year 2022, the Ministry of Infrastructure prepares the national ground for this privatization and, during this last week, met with the Special Secretariat of the Investment Partnerships Program of the Ministry of Economy and BNDES to discuss the privatization model of the ports of Ilhéus, Aratu-Candeia and Salvador, located in Codeba. 

Thus, according to the Ministry of Infrastructure itself, the purpose of the meeting is to make the project attractive to investors and verify the region's infrastructure needs. The bodies discussed what would be the best strategies investment in infrastructure works in ports so that, at the end of the privatization process, cargo handling operations benefit from this amount applied. This is the ministry's main objective for these and more Codeba ports that will still go through the privatization process over the next few years. 

In addition, after the great success that took place in the auction of Companhia Docas do Espírito Santo, Codesa, the Ministry of Infrastructure is increasingly committed to ensuring a correct model for this process. Thus, the Minister of Infrastructure, Marcelo Sampaio, highlighted the importance of the Codesa auction and commented on the Codeba ports that will undergo the same process, stating that “It was a successful auction and in partnership with BNDES, and now, we continue the agenda with the Port of Itajaí, Port of São Sebastião, Port of Santos and Codeba”.

Ports of Companhia Docas da Bahia that will undergo the privatization process had more than 3 million tons circulated in cargo handling operations in 2022

The relevance of Codeba for the region of Bahia and for the national port sector is increasingly discussed between the Ministry of Infrastructure and other bodies such as Antaq itself (National Agency for Waterway Transport). Thus, the ministry intends to take advantage of the current situation of the port sector to expand operations of cargo handling in the ports of the complex with the investments of the privatization process that will be carried out in the places. 

The ports of Ilhéus, Aratu-Candeia and Salvador achieved great results and, in the first months of 2022 alone, handled almost 3 million tons of various products, including containerized cargo, fuel and chemicals, wood, charcoal, cocoa and derivatives. In this way, the investment of the Ministry of Infrastructure in the privatization of these ports is focused on these results and on a great expansion capacity after the necessary applications in infrastructure works. 

Finally, after holding the meeting with the Special Secretariat of the Investment Partnerships Program of the Ministry of Economy and BNDES, the ministry stated that the forecast for public notice and auction are for the fourth quarter of 2023, with the signing of a contract in the first quarter of 2024 for the start of investments in Codeba ports.

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Ruth Rodrigues
Graduated in Biological Sciences from the State University of Rio Grande do Norte (UERN), she works as a writer and scientific disseminator.