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Shipping disrupted at Santos port by warehouse fire at sugar terminal

Shipping operations at a sugar and grain terminal in Brazil’s Santos port were disrupted for a while on Thursday after a fire broke out, according to Reuters.

The blaze started around 4am local time on a conveyor belt at a warehouse of the Rumo terminal, which is run by sugar and ethanol producer Cosan.

It was contained in less than an hour before it could spread to any other warehouse.

No product, sugar or grains, was damaged and operations resumed three hours after the flames were put out.

Santos is the biggest port in South America. And Brazil is the world’s biggest sugar-producing nation.

The cause of the fire was not known as of Thursday afternoon. Port authorities have been on guard since a huge blaze at a terminal operated by Copersucar on October 18.

This was the second fire at Rumo in two years.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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