Mexico's US$375 million and 710,000-TEU-capacity Tuxpan Port Terminal
(TPT) has been officially inaugurated by the nation's President Enrique
Pena Nieto. TPT is a subsidiary of Seattle-based SSA International.
The ceremony coincided with the opening of a service between Tuxpan and the port of Tampa, Florida operated by Transgulf with a weekly connection of 2.5 days, as well as a service operated by MOL as part of the port rotation between Galveston bound for Antwerp, Belgium, to transport automobiles, reported Seatrade Maritime News.
"Mazda has been exporting automobiles on MOL PCC's from Tuxpan to Antwerp since January this year. The quality of the product handling at TPT, lack of congestion, abundance of land, and the short distance from the Bajio region where most automobiles are produced are the main factors driving the shift of the car market from Veracruz to Tuxpan," said TPT general manager John Bressi.
In addition, SSA Mexico and Pemex have signed a MoU to develop an off-loading position for Pemex at TPT that will complement Pemex existing off-load facilities.
According to the most recent business plan of Pemex, the operational capacity of Tuxpan is to be raised to 100,000 barrels per day (bpd) from 85,000 (bpd) of products. Pemex-Tuxpan port with SSA Mexico could boost gasoline and distillates imports.
The TPT begin operations last July when the CMA CGM Hammonia Venetia called at the terminal that has a 556-metre-long quay with a depth alongside of 15 metres, making it the only terminal on Mexico's Gulf Coast able to receive vessels up to 14,000-TEU.