Private companies could be called on to construct a private container terminal at Santos to help relieve congestion at Brazil's leading port and also ease a decimated ports improvement budget, according to Jose Reinal do Tavares, transport minister.
Mr. Tavares cited the example of the port of Rio Grande, where private user companies administer a container terminal, using local port functionaries.Private bulk terminals at Santos already are responsible for more than half the port's movement by tonnage. A specialized 145,000-TEU (20-foot equivalent unit) deepwater container terminal inaugurated there four years ago already is crowded and overdue for expansion.
Addressing a transport seminar at the river-port town of Pirapora on the Sao Francisco River, he said that private enterprise will be called on to provide more than half of a $1.3 billion port improvements project planned by the Portobras federal holding company next year.
Private participation also may have to be the solution for the Amazon River port of Manaus, which has been informed that a badly needed $27 million container terminal project must wait until 1988 for lack of funds.
Over a three-year period, the project would expand facilities at the country's fastest growing containerport from the current 3,000 square
meters to 30,000.
During the first half of this year, a booming domestic market spurred a 33 percent increase in the volume of materials transported to and from the Manaus free trade zone industrial park, to a monthly average of 4,100 tons of ''imports" and 3,100 tons of "exports." Container movement jumped 146 percent over the same period of 1985.