Port of Pecém

From Global Energy Monitor

The Port of Pecém is a port in Ceará, Brazil. The Port is also referred to as CIPP S.A (Development Company of the Industrial and Port Complex of Pecém). It mainly handles coal, iron ores, containers, and LNG.[1]


The port is near the city of Fortaleza in the state of Ceará, along the Atlantic Ocean.

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The port was built in 2001[2] and has four jetties: one which is two kilometers long and three shorter jetties. Coal is served at the shorter jetty closest to shore per the map provided from the Port website detailing the coal belt running along the pier.[3] The port has direct routes between South America, North America, Europe, and Asia and indirect routes which service all of the aforementioned as well as Africa.[3] However as of 2020, the port receives its coal almost exclusively from Colombia.[4] Coal moving through the port directly services the Porto do Pecém power station. Once unloaded onto the tubular, closed 12.5 km long conveyor belt coal is moved directly from the port to the power station with a a capacity of 2,400 tonnes of coal per hour.[5]

The Rotterdam Port Authority acquired 30% of shares of the Port of Pecém in December 2018 and now has joint control for strategic decision making and the makeup of the board and management.[2]

During 2018, the port handled 17 million tons of cargo and has been expanding between 2010-2020 at an annual average of 26%.[2] The Port of Pecém expects to increase their throughput to 45 million tons by 2030.[2] In 2020, the port imported 1.04 Megatonnes of coal.[4]

Details of coal handling

  • Owner: Development Company of the Industrial and Port Complex of Pecém; Rotterdam Port Authority (30%)
  • Location: Ceará, Brazil
  • Coal Capacity (Tonnes per annum):
  • Status: Operating
  • Start year: 2001[2]
  • Type: Imports
  • Source of Coal: Cienaga, Colombia and Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.

Articles and resources


  1. "Port of Rotterdam Investing USD 85 Mn in Port of Pecém - Offshore Energy". Offshore Energy. 2018-10-26. Retrieved 2021-07-26.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Pecém - Brazil". Port of Rotterdam. Retrieved 2021-07-26.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "PECÉM INDUSTRIAL AND P ORT COMPLEX" (PDF). Port of Rotterdam. 2021.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Ember Shipping Dashboard - Ember". Ember. Retrieved 2021-07-26.
  5. "The Power Plant | EDP Enerpeixe". pecem.brasil.edp.com. Retrieved 2021-07-26.

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