Terminal Multicargas (T-Mult) at the port of Açu, Brazil has welcomed the call of its first vessel marking the official opening of the terminal.
The Liberia-flagged vessel Turquoise Ocean will be loaded with 30,000 kg of bauxite and will sail to China in the coming days, GAC Brazil informed. T-Mult is controlled by Prumo Global Logistics and is intended for transport of dry bulk, specifically coke and bauxite.
In July, Prumo signed a contract with Votorantim Metals to load bauxite and pet coke at the Multicargo Terminal at Açu Port. The contract forecasts handling of 300,000 tonnes per year.
The newly-established port of Açu, which is believed to be Latin America’s most expensive private port, started operation in October, 2014.
The port comprises two terminals, an offshore terminal (T1) and an onshore terminal (T2), situated along the coast near Sao Joao da Barra, state of Rio de Janeiro. The overall investment earmarked for the construction of the port is estimated at USD 2 billion.
With 17 km of piers, the port can simultaneously moor up to 47 vessels.
T1 consists of a 3-km access bridge, a tugboat pier, 9 oil and iron-ore piers, approach channel and turning basin. T2 is being built around a 6.5 km long, 300 meter wide approach channel with a current depth of at least 10 meters along its entire extension (reaching 14.5 meters in its deepest section). With a wharf line of over 13 km, T2 will handle pig iron, project cargo, coal, vehicles, liquid and solid bulk, general cargo and oil.
Companies that recognized the potential of the port bringing their operations to Açu include BG, Edison Chouest and Oiltanking.
World Maritime News Staff