Government plans to build rail branch in Marimex area at SantosApr, 24, 2020 Posted by datamarnews
The infrastructure ministry plans to build a railway branch in the area of Marimex Despachos, Transportes e Serviços Ltda., at Santos Port. For this reason, it chose not to extend the company’s contract with Santos Port Authority (SPA), the authority that manages the port. The company operates a terminal in the Outeirinhos region, on the right bank, with its core activity being the storage of containers. The contract will expire on May 8.
The railway line will occupy part of the area where the Marimex terminal currently operates. The branch will allow the storage and handling of solid bulk and general cargo. There is also a proposal to install terminals to handle mineral solid bulk (salts and fertilizers). This plan is included in the new proposal for the port’s zoning and development plan.
With the early renewal of the Rumo Malha Paulista contract, which is expected to take place soon, and with new investments in the Norte Sul Railway, operated by the concessionaire itself, expectations are that demand for solid bulk outlets will double at the port. In addition, rail traffic, in general, is expected to grow by 41 million tons in the next 20 years. In other words, investment in rail access is essential to avoid future logistical bottlenecks.
“Our decision takes into account the need to increase the capacity of the port, the consolidation of a cluster for fertilizers on the right bank, the increase in the capacity for boarding wagons and adjustments to the railway infrastructure in the region”, explains the National Secretary for Ports and Waterway Transport, Diogo Piloni. The auctions for the lease of two cellulose terminals at the port, which should take place later this year, should also increase the need for cargo to be transported by rail.
Until the railway branch is complete, which should take about 18 months, Marimex is expected to continue operating in the region. This interim contract is valid for 180 days, until a definition for the area is reached.
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