The Porto Sudeste do Brasil is a mixed-use private port terminal devoted exclusively to the handling of iron ore. Its initial handling capacity is for 50 million tons of iron ore per year. In a second phase, already at the licensing phase, the Porto Sudeste do Brasil will have a capacity to handle up to 100 million tons of iron ore per year.
The Porto Sudeste do Brasil will occupy a total area of 60 hectares and will start operations in 2014.
The iron ore that will come from Minas Gerais will be stored in two yards which, together, will be able to hold 2,5 million tons of the product. One of the yardscovers 120 thousand square meters and the other covers 130 thousand square meters.
To connect the offshore structure and the storage yards, the Porto Sudeste do Brasil will have a tunnel 1.8 km long, 11 m tall and 20.5 m wide. This is an unprecedented structure in iron ore ports in Brazil. In addition, the tunnel offers a logistics solution that will eliminate movement of trucks from the region's roads, ensuring greater safety and security for the company and the surrounding communities. The offshore structure will have two berths for ship-handling and a depth of 20 m, which will allow it to receive ships with greater draught, such as capesize vessels.