Porto do Açu performs first cabotage service in partnership with Norsul

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The activity is monitored by Centrorochas and Sindirochas, as well as all actions that may break the logistical bottlenecks present in operations for exporting Brazilian dimension stones.

This Wednesday, September 16, Porto do Açu carried out its first cabotage service. The operation, in partnership with Companhia de Navegação Norsul, was carried out in the “feeder short distance” modality and transported 23 containers from the company TechnipFMC from the Port of Rio to Açu, in São João da Barra (RJ), via sea train. The complete journey will feature ornamental stone containers leaving Açu for the Port of Rio, connecting with export services to Latin America and the United States.

Signed in April this year, the partnership between the port development and the maritime logistics company will establish an integrated, efficient and safe connection between the companies in the North of Rio de Janeiro, Espírito Santo and Minas Gerais, with the world, through the Multicargas Terminal of Porto do Porto. Açu (T-MULT).

This first cargo, which arrived at Açu by sea convoy, will be stored in the T-MULT and will be delivered according to the customer’s needs, at its base located in the port itself. “The new service also enables the efficient connection of exporting companies with long-haul ships that regularly leave Rio for the whole world. This new solution demonstrates Açu’s potential to become a port hub. For customers, it is a great solution, because we have the differential of being a port without a queue and private, where operations can be carried out in a customized way”, explains the Director of Terminals and Logistics at Porto do Açu Operations, João Braz.

The service has the capacity to transport up to 350 units per stretch (Rio x Açu and Açu x Rio), with regular fortnightly departures, meeting regional demands and also long-haul routes. The expectation is that the use of ocean convoys will reduce logistical costs and road traffic, bringing greater predictability and safety, in addition to sustainable value, since it will result in a real reduction of carbon emissions in the environment in the order of 22 pct, the remaining emissions will be neutralized by Norsul’s Carbon Neutral Program.

In support of maritime transport, Açu also offers integrated handling, unloading, storage, stuffing and door-to-door road transport services, according to customer demand. Today, the Port of Açu Multicargo Terminal handles coke, coal, bauxite, gypsum, pig iron, general and project cargo, in addition to being authorized to operate other solid bulk cargoes and vehicles. Recently, the expansion of the storage yard was completed with the assembly of tarpaulin sheds to store fertilizers.

About T-MULT

With activities starting at Porto do Açu in 2016, the Multicargo Terminal at Porto do Açu operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. From the beginning of its inauguration until June 2020, it has already added 2.4 million tons moved and constant average growth of 64% per year. The portfolio grows significantly each year: in 2019, 9 types of products were operated for 26 different customers.

With 182,000 m² of bonded area, the T-MULT is 14.5 meters deep and capable of receiving vessels with a draft of up to 13.1 meters, such as Panamax-type vessels. The terminal still has 500 meters of wharf, of which 340 meters are operational.

About Norsul Navigation Company

Companhia de Navegação Norsul is a leading private navigation company in Brazil, operating for 57 years. Specializing in maritime logistics, bulk, unitized, project, cabotage and long haul cargo, it controls 27 vessels with a transport capacity of 540,000 tons.

About TechnipFMC

TechnipFMC is a global leader in the energy industry, delivering projects, products, technologies and services. In Brazil, its activities include cutting-edge engineering development, project management, design, manufacturing (subsea systems, flexible and rigid pipes), installation, services, in addition to having logistics bases and specialized vessels.

One of the pioneers in Porto do Açu, the company maintains a spoolbase at the site for projects involving the construction of rigid lines and a factory for the production of flexible tubes.


Information and photo: Porto do Açu