The volume of the shipment is one of the largest ever achieved anywhere in the world and is enough to fill 3,400 trucks.
The Pacific South vessel, with Marshall Islands flag, is carrying out a super shipment of soybean by-products from Brazil to Netherlands and China. The volume of 103,000 tons represents a record for the Export Corridor of the Port of Paranaguá, in Paraná state, Brazil.
This is also the largest bulk carrier ever received at the complex, 292 m long and 45 m wide. The ship docked in the afternoon of June 1st at berth 214, one of 3 that compound the export corridor, to be loaded from 3 terminals.
“Both volume and size of the ship that we are operating show our operational capacity. Such an action requires qualified port workers, experienced piloting and infrastructure capacity, both onshore and offshore,” says the CEO of Portos do Paraná, Luiz Fernando Garcia.
The super vessel came from the port of Shanghai, in China, and arrived in the Bay of Paranaguá last June 1st. Generally, ships that carry bulk cargo have 5 or 7 holds. The Pacific South bulk has 9 holds to receive and transport all the soybean bran.
About 84,000 tons will leave Coamo cooperative; 15,000 from Cotriguaçu; and 4,000 tons of public silos. According to Edenilson Carlos de Oliveira, director of Logistics and Operations at Coamo, the moment is historic.
“To meet this load, there was a great effort evolving our 3 soy crushing industries and the cooperative’s logistics team to transport the bran to Porto,” he highlights.
Loading might take about 5 days, if there are no outages due to rain or excessive humidity, according to the port administration, which cites the forecast of the company responsible for the operation, Cargill.
The bran will go to the Port of Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. The volume of 103,000 tons surpasses the previous record of Paranaguá by 13,000 registered a year ago and is likely to be one of the largest ever made across the world.
Last year, the 254-meter Chinese vessel Lan Hua Hai had loaded 90,000 tons of soybean meal in the port. This time, the vessel is 38 meters larger. Normally, bulk carriers at the Port of Paranaguá measure between 199 and 229 meters and use to receive just over 60,000 tons of cargo (soy, corn or bran).
The Export Corridor consists of nine private terminals (Cargill, AGTL, Interalli, Centro Sul, Coamo, Louis Dreyfus, Cotriguaçu, Cimbesul and Rocha), 2 public terminals, a vertical silo, with a static capacity of 100,000 tons, and a horizontal silo, with a total capacity of 60,000 tons.