In the final phase of construction in Itaguaí (RJ), the Porto Sudeste do Brasil is a private port terminal devoted exclusively to handling of iron ore. Its initial capacity will be for handling 50 million tonnes of iron ore per year. MMX has 35% of the project that will start operating in 2014.
Iron ore coming from Minas Gerais will be stored in two yards which, together, will have the capacity to store up to 5 million tonnes of the product. To connect the offshore structure and the storage yards, the Porto Sudeste do Brasil has a 1.8 km long tunnel, which is already concluded. It is a unique structure for iron ore ports in Brazil. In addition, the tunnel is a logistics solution that will prevent the transit of trucks on the roads of the region, ensuring greater safety for the company and for the surrounding communities.
The offshore structure will have two berths for loading ships and a depth of 20 m, which will allow it to receive deep draft vessels such as capesize. At a second stage, already in the process of licensing, the Porto Sudeste do Brasil will have the capacity to handle up to 100 million tonnes of iron ore per year.
With a total area of approximately 60 hectares, the Porto Sudeste do Brasil will make it possible to export 100% of the iron ore production of the Serra Azul Unit, MMX’s main operating unit.