Pig Iron exports via Vitoria Port grew 29% in 2019Jan, 21, 2020 Posted by Sylvia Schandert
The Port of Vitória exported 820,000 tons of pig iron in 2019, a 29% year-on-year increase in the volume handled. The operations were carried out at berth 905, at public terminal Paul, in Vila Velha.
Pig iron arrives at the port via rail from Minas Gerais and is loaded straight onto vessels waiting at the pier. As a result of its close proximity to Minas Gerais, the port of Vitoria receives a large share of its pig iron exports. On average the state produces about 2.3 million tons per year, 35% of which is shipped via the port.
Last year, having won the bid for the contract, Multilift Logística was the port operator for all pig iron cargo operations at the Port of Vitoria. The bidding process for the contract was organized by the Minas Gerais State Iron Industry Syndicate (Sindifer), in conjunction with CODESA.
All cargo handling equipment used for loading the cargo is owned by Sindifer, including a rail hopper, conveyor belt system and ship loader. It is however Multilift’s responsibility to provide maintenance of the entire loading system, therefore guaranteeing the efficiency and working order of the equipment which is over 50 years old.
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