BTP completes major berth reconstruction at Port of Santos

BTP completes major berth reconstruction at Port of Santos

Brasil Terminal Portuário (BTP) has completed a significant engineering project to restore operations at its berth 1 in the Port of Santos.

Following the preventive suspension of cargo activities on 19 January 2024 due to a vessel cable incident, BTP resumed full loading and unloading operations on 1 July 2024, ahead of schedule.

The repair project, completed in under five months, involved extensive reconstruction efforts to restore the damaged berth to operational standards.

“Our priority is to prepare BTP for the next 20 years of operation,” said Ricardo Arten, CEO of BTP.

He highlighted plans for a BRL1.9 billion ($346 million) investment to increase operational capacity by 40 per cent, including the acquisition of new STS equipment and additional fenders.

READ: Port of Santos gains new Konecranes equipment

Over 115 people were directly involved in the project, comprising both BTP employees and contracted professionals.

The repair of the BTP berth was structured across three distinct phases, encompassing tasks such as diagnosis, planning, engagement of specialised firms, mobilisation of engineering resources, installation of new submerged piles, reconstruction of the concrete slab, reinstatement of portainer movement rails, and thorough inspection of fenders.

Earlier in April, DP World partnered with Brazilian railway operator, Rumo, to create a new terminal at the Port of Santos that would handle 12.5 million tonnes of grains and fertilisers per year.

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