Last season, Terminal Pacifico Sur Valparaíso TPS shipped nearly 200,000 tons of fresh fruit on reefer ships, all belonging to the Cool Carriers and Global Reefers shipping lines, which choose to call in Valparaiso because of the specialization that this port has achieved in the handling of its clients' cargo.
Loading a reefer ship, which can carry nearly 6,500 pallets, entails the unloading and transfer of the cargo of 250 to 300 trucks onto the ship, which will require an average of 40 workers per shift, and will take 7 to 8 shifts to complete; according to expected returns. The process is coordinated by the TPS fruit team, which has team members that have more than 30 years of experience in this type of task.
“Unlike other loads that go in containers, the fresh fruit for export does not remain in the yard. The truck goes down to the terminal and the pallets with the boxes of fresh fruit are immediately loaded to ships’ warehouses, which have cold and thermal insulation equipment. Timing is very important, but also logistical experience and problem-solving ability. Everything has to go right the first time, and that is accomplished with a lot of planning,” stated Oliver Weinreich, the general manager of TPS.
In the recent season, table grapes accounted for 86% of the fruit shipped in reefer ships via TPS, nectarines for 4.6%, plums for 3.9%, and peaches for 3.5 %.
Specialized shipping lines
Cool Carriers is a shipping company that has been working at Terminal 1 in Valparaíso for almost two decades, with ships that call on both coasts of the United States (East and West). In recent years it has shipped around 130,000 tons per season in TPS. In turn, Global Reefers is a company specialized in the transport of fruit and it has operated for a long time in Valparaíso. Two years ago it began to concentrate its operations in TPS, which has become the main terminal in the region for chamber ships.