The Brazilian port of Paranagua´ has put into operation its fourth new shiploader to handle grain exports.
All four were acquired in 2005. The first two commenced operations in March 2015 followed by a third in October and the fourth in December.
In total, $15 million was invested in the four shiploaders, paid for out of the resources generated by the port authority APPA.
Each machine can work to an hourly capacity of 2,000tph (tonnes per hour), compared with the previous shiploaders, which were limited to 1,500tph. Overall productivity is expected to rise by 33%.