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Ministry of Infrastructure Reorganizes 16 Port Areas

The Ministry of Infrastructure signed ordinances that alter the polygonal areas of 16 organized ports in Brazil on Friday (07/05): Angra dos Reis (RJ), Areia Branca (RN), Belém (PA), Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Estrela (RS), Fortaleza (CE), Ilhéus (BA), Itaguaí (RJ), Itajaí (SC), Maceió (AL), Natal (RN), Niterói (RJ), Recife (PE), Santarém (PA), São Francisco do Sul (SC), and São Sebastião (SP). The old polygonal presented obstacles in according to the Law of Ports (12.815/2013).

The purpose of the revision of polygons, which covers areas for port facilities, as well as protection infrastructure and port access, is to define more clearly the geographical boundaries of the jurisdiction and the public and private performance of theses ports.

For the Minister of Infrastructure, Tarcisio Gomes de Freitas, the review will accelerate requests for the installation or expansión of private use terminals (TUPs). “Our goal is to simplify operations, reduce bureaucracy, and encourage private initiative to invest”, said Freitas. “In the end, the definition of the polygonal is legal certainty. It gives clarity and the initiative to invest,” said freitas. “In the end, the definition of the polygonal is legal certainty. It gives clarity and the possibility that new investments made due to this security and the clarity that the definition of these polygonal brings,” he added.

Now only the public goods necessary for the fulfillment of the functions of the port authorities are under the control of each one of them. In the old areas, there were land owned or under private ownership, such as shopping centers, houses, business buildings, hotels, museums, squares, and even airports, which were not related to the operation of the ports.

The construction of the new design of the polygonal went through extensive discussions with the port communities, where interested parties presented their suggestions during consultations and public hearings.

For the National Secretary of Ports and Waterway Transport (SNTPA), Diogo Piloni, the contributions were significant for the revision of the proposals. “In all cases, SNTPA has democratically accepted one or more changes from the hundreds of stakeholders who participated in the process,” said Piloni, who evaluates the signing of the ordinances as a long-awaited milestone by the sector and the port community. “From the review, we will have the legal certainty necessary for new investments to occur”, he said.

Also during this year, the Ministry of Infrastructure intends to publish the polygonal of the ports of santos (SP), Imbituba (SC), Rio Grande (RS), Itaqui (MA), Suape (PE), and Manaus (AM).

Source: Ministry of Infrastructure

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