With all the infrastructure already in place, including eight ship-to-shore cranes and a fleet of 26 RTGs, the six-year Operating License means that commercial activities can begin, though BTP is still awaiting the completion of dredging to deepen the channel and access to the terminal. This work is expected to be completed by November.
The terminal boasts over 1,100 m of quay length and 140,000 sq. m of yard space.
Henry Robinson, CEO of BTP, said: “We have just reached a fundamental stage for the start of operations. It has been almost six years from studies, project definition, remediation process and civil works for the construction of the terminal to reach this result.
“The next step is the fulfilment of dredging in the evolution basin and channel, by the Port Authority and the SEP, so we can deliver to City a modern and efficient terminal that will allow higher handling capacity to the Port of Santos”
BTP is a joint venture between Terminal Investment Limited and APM Terminals.