The Brazilian port of Tubarão is to become more automated in the near future, with new machinery for handling iron ore and iron ore pellets to be installed. In total, $1.8 billion is being invested in the terminal up to 2015. New sensors will also be installed in storage areas to avoid automated equipment colliding.

According to the company’s director of planning and of logistics development and operation, Fábio Brasileiro, “The aim is to have a more stable and secure operation with concomitant better results.”

At Tubarão, new simulators will allow staff to be trained in the use of the new equipment, in both the handling of commodities on the quayside as well as dealing with inbound block trains.