The Brazilian Port of Paranagua´ has put into operation two new shiploaders, which are expected to be put fully into service during February in time for the new harvest season. Each of the machines has its own generator, allowing autonomy of operation when mains power is not available.

Given the dimensions of the shiploaders, even Capesize bulk carriers can be handled, with productivity of around 2,000 tonnes per hour. The port believes that this will boost productivity in the region of 30%.

In total, the port authority, APPA, placed an order for four shiploaders, costing $22.5 million.