Brazil's Paranaguá and Antonina ports superintendent Airton Vidal Maron has submitted a modernization plan totaling nearly 1bn reais (US$598mn) to the special ports department (SEP).
The plan, presented during a meeting with ports minister Leônidas Cristino, includes nine main projects, and construction of 12 new births at Paranaguá port.
The upgrade will increase cargo handling capacity at the two ports by 60%, according to a state government release.
The federal government will intensify efforts to modernize the ports, Cristino said, denying allegations that federal authorities are planning to take control of Paranaguá.
"This is not federalization but rather a partnership, as the public port will receive federal funding to help meet the country's demands," said the minister.
Paranaguá and Antonina ports, located in the southern state of Paraná, handled 38.2Mt of freight during 2010, up 22% over the previous year.