By Esmee Verbeek, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Over the last three years, the percentage of ships arriving in Rio’s Guanabara Bay has increased by 146 percent, according to the Companhia Docas (Dock Company). The port authority believes this year’s maritime traffic will be even higher, drawing some concern form environmentalists. Ports in Brazil are expecting to handle a billion tons of cargo for the first time in 2012, photo by ANTAQ. The company Docas explains in a report by O Globo the important reasons of why there is an enormous increase of naval traffic in the bay. First of all, the port is in a very good condition due to dredging which gained three meters of depth. Also, the port is close in proximity to Rio’s two airports, and finally the marked increase in both tourist (cruise lines) as well as commercial enterprises following Brazil’s growing economy. The superintendent Adácio Carvalho of the port sees the same advantages: “It’s close to both Santos Dumont and Galeão, so there can easily be a change of crew. There is an abundance of labor and workers and if a ship has any problems, it can by fixed by plenty of dockyards.” Statistics by Docas show in 2009, 1,568 ships entered in Guanabara Bay, in 2010 it were 2,374 vessels. This is a growth of more than 51 percent in one year. In 2011, 3,861 ships entered, an annual growth of 63 percent. Most of 2012’s growth will, according to Carvalho, be attributed by the growing shipment of containers. The State Secretary of Environment, Carlos Minc, reportedly admits that the vessel traffic is raising concerns. He thinks the solution would be to create a governing body of the Guanabara Bay. Ports in Brazil are expecting to handle a billion tons of cargo for the first time in 2012, according to estimates by ANTAQ, Brazil’s National Agency for Waterway Transportation. If achieved, the figure will be 12.3 percent more than in 2011, with Rio de Janeiro State set to take the top spot from neighboring Espírito Santo. New terminals have been announced in recent months, including by Eike Batista’s investment groups at ports such as Açu Superport in the north of Rio State. Read more (in Portuguese). * The Rio Times Daily Update is a new feature we are offering to help keep you up-to-date with major news as it happens. 6 Responses to "Rio Bay With 146 Percent More Ships: Daily" MJRydsFast March 26, 2012 at 2:36 PM It may not be such a bad thing, as long as they can manage to keep it clean. Directors will have to make the effort to keep the maintenance in line with quality standards. Don’t let it become the Lake Erie of the 1970’s. Make it the Lake Erie of the 2000’s, the cleanest of the five Great Lakes (or it was last I knew). Pingback: Guanabara Bay Cleanup Plan Launched in Rio de Janeiro | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: After $1.5B Invested, Holdup in Brazil Ports Expansion | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: President Rousseff Announces Brazil Ports Investment of R$54.2 Billion: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Navalshore 2013 Conference Returns to Rio de Janeiro | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Editorial: The City of Tomorrow (Part 4) | The Rio Times | Brazil News Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.