Dredging work taking place at Brazil's Santos port in Sao Paulo state is expected to wrap up in March, increasing the port's cargo handling capacity by 30%, a spokesperson from state port authority Codesp told BNamericas.
"The project is on track and the new 15m channel depth will give the port capacity to handle nearly 150Mt/y," the spokesperson said.
The channel, which had a depth of 13m in February, has now reached a depth of 14.4m following the removal of 5Mm3 of sediment, according to a Codesp release.
The dredging project is currently 65% complete. A total of 13.8Mm3 of sediment is expected to be removed in total.
Once the dredging is complete, the port will be able to handle post-Panamax ships carrying up to 9,000 TEUs. Additionally, more than one vessel will be able to enter and exit at the same time, as the entrance channel is being widened to 220m.
Santos is the largest port in South America, and is responsible for handling around 26% of Brazil's trade balance.