The sugar terminal operated by Copersucar in the port of Santos, Brazil, will double its handling capacity from 5mt (million tonnes) per year to 10mt per year as of the first quarter of 2013. This is due to investment of $60 million made on both expanding the existing area and also on the acquisition of additional equipment.

Above all, the terminal has upgraded its ability to receive inbound rail consignments through the provision of a new hopper discharge facility. Capacity at storage warehouses has also been boosted from 110,000 tonnes to 230,000 tonnes, while a new shiploader has also been put in place capable of handling up to 3,000 tonnes per hour.

The aim is to have the terminal fully operational in time for the next harvest, which commences in April 2013.

Barry Cross