For the first time in Brazil, the construction of roofs over the berths of the sugar terminals in the port of Santos depends only on authorization from
Codesp, the maritime complex administrator. The project was developed
by Rumo Logistica, a branch of the sugar-ethanol giant Cosan.
This protective canopy was projected to protect ships with the capacity to load from 80 to 120 thousand tons of sugar, such as Panamax and Cape Size vessels, on rainy days and nights.
The southern terminal will received a fixed roof while structure of the northern terminal will be retractable, which is called ecoloading, and will only be used in bad weather.
Construction should start in a few months and is to be ready for use by the end of next year.
It is intended for these canopies to increase the operational capacity of the port since the loading of sugar products will not have to be interrupted due to rainy weather, considering that last year operations had to be stopped at least 100 days on account of rain.