The draught clearance at the Port of Santos has been reduced from 13.2 m to 12.3 m after siltation was found near the entrance of the estuary.
The measure was taken by the Capitania dos Portos de São Paulo (CPSP), a navy organization, after verifying siltation points.
Codesp, the port authority, has stated the reduction was not necessary, but according to CPSP, Codesp had already been warned that the siltation points could lead to the reduction.
Dredging continues to be a controversial issue at Brazil’s largest port, with tidal conditions playing a critical part in operations – at high tide the maximum draft is increased by 1 m.
Recently, the Maersk Laguna was prevented from leaving Brasil Terminal Portuaro (BTP) after loading a net 729 additional containers, which took its draft to 14.2 m.
According to consultancy Datamar, the departure was scheduled for an even ing of high tide but the lack of authorisation delayed the vessel by three days.