Coronel which handles mainly breakbulk cargo began operations in 1996 and currently has a four-berth finger pier and occupies approximately 35 hectares (86.5 acres). Recent throughput has varied from 2.4m to 4.4m tonnes annually with export cargoes including wood pulp, logs, lumber and wheat. Coal and industrial products are leading imports.
Although container traffic has been negligible (968 teu in 2008, down from 1,228 in 2007) this promises to change dramatically with the opening later this year of the new Coronel Container Terminal (CCT).
CCT will include three berths able to accommodate 70,000 dwt vessels up to 260 m (853 feet) long with a maximum draft of 13.5 m (44.3 feet). The terminal will offer 400 reefer plugs and will be equipped with two 100 tonne mobile harbour cranes, two ship-to-shore gantries and various types of yard equipment including reachstackers and empty container handlers.