Silting a growing problem at Latin America’s largest port

Silting a growing problem at Latin America’s largest port

Calls are growing for authorities to dredge Latin America’s largest port. The Financial Times is reporting how containerships are being forced to shed 160 containers per 20 cm of lost draft at the Brazilian port of Santos as silting grows.

In July tugboats refused to pilot ships into the port with a draft greater than 12.3 m. The Docks Company of the State of São Paulo (Codesp) undertook emergency dredging and raised the limit to about 13 m, but it was still considerably below the original level of 14.3 m.

Silting is an issue at many other Brazilian ports too. Earlier this year the port of Itajaí and Navegantes in the southern state of Santa Catarina was forced to close due to silting.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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