The new license covers the entire length of the 1,108 m quay, the 280,000 sq. m container yard, plus other buildings, such as the “Visitors’ House”, the area designed for truck drivers’ support and the area designed for the fumigation of containers.
“This achievement represents an essential step towards the operating of our terminal in a full capacity of containerised cargo handling” said Henry Robinson, CEO of BTP.
“The process of the O.L. for the second phase of the project occurred rapidly. This timely manner demonstrates the federal government’s commitment to finding solutions that boost Brazil’s infrastructure in the port sector” highlights the executive.
The permit of IBAMA for Phase 1 of the terminal, granted last July, covered the terminal facilities, such as the basin mooring, the 400 m of quay, the 140,000 sq. m of container yard – where there are eight last-generation ship-to-shore cranes installed and commissioned and 26 Rubber Tyre Gantry cranes, among other equipment – as well as administrative buildings and other support structures.
With Phases 1 and 2 of the project already licensed by IBAMA, the project moves to its third phase, involving the development of the liquid bulk terminal, capable of operating up to 1.4m tonnes.
The terminal is still awaiting completion of dredging work to deepen the turning basin and channel before the full container capacity of 1.2m teu can be reached, with that work expected to be completed this month
“With the dredging completed, we can increase the competitiveness of the Port of Santos and of the country, as we will be ready to dock up to three ships of 9,200 teu capacity each”, added Robinson.
The terminal began partial commercial operations on 14 August, since which time it has handled 21 ships and a total of nearly 18,000 teu.