The Port of Açu’s Multicargo Terminal (T-MULT) reached a milestone! In operation since the second semester of 2016, the terminal achieved the number of 1 million tons handled. This was accomplished during operations in the MV Bulk Atacama, the 71st ship to dock at T-MULT to date, unloading 55,000 tons of coal.
For the Port of Açu’s Operations manager, Marcelo Patrício, the achievement should be celebrated. “The mark reached by T-MULT is emblematic and consolidates the enterprise as a platform for the development of excellent port infrastructure and logistics solutions. The amount handled to date is the result of our commercial area’s efforts and of our continuous investment in the improvement of our processes and team training sessions. We are very pleased with the results,” he emphasized.
9.jpgAdditionally, according to Patrício, beyond the contribution of all the terminal’s infrastructure, the milestone of 1 million tons handled could only have been attained thanks to the work of all of T-MULT’s teams of port service operators (100% of them residents of São João da Barra). One of them is Raphael de Araújo, who was also excited about the number reached. “I’m really happy to be part of this team that enabled the Port of Açu to attain levels like today’s. It is enormously gratifying to be part of the history of the Multicargo Terminal. I’m sure that everybody is proud to a be part of the Port of Açu, but I can say that for us, the people on the front line, the feeling is really special,” he said.
T-MULT handles coking coal, bauxite, project cargo and general cargo. Additionally, T-MULT is authorized to operate any type of solid bulk and has the potential to handle containers and vehicles. Representing a new distribution alternative for the Southeast region of Brazil, T-MULT has a customs-ready area of 160,000 m².
With a depth of 14.5 meters, the terminal is presently certified to receive vessels with draughts of up to 13.1 meters. The terminal has 500 meters of quayside, 340 of those being operational, and an annual capacity to handle approximately 4 million tons of solid bulk and general cargo. Summing up the shipments of coke, coal and bauxite, in 2017, the Multicargo Terminal handled 10 times more than it did in 2016.
Last year, T-MULT started to offer Integrated Logistics Solutions for solid bulk (Port/ Storage/ Transport). This type of operation handled, in its first year, more than 300,000 tons. In addition to door-to-door solutions for imports and exports, the terminal also did multimodal operations using one transhipment terminal located 300 km away from the port.
With access to the main Brazilian highways and specialized in solid bulk highway transportation, T-MULT currently performs integrated import and export operations in the states of Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, Goiás and Mato Grosso do Sul.
Another advantage of the Port of Açu Complex is the development of an Export Processing Zone (ZPE), an area of free trade created in the end of 2017 and dedicated to facilities of companies that generate 80% of their revenues from exports. Businesses that process ornamental rocks and coffee are among those that can benefit from the ZPE.