Agriculture's Big Picture
AgWeb Editor Greg Vincent takes a big-picture look at agriculture and current events.
Amazon River Terminal is a Site
Mar 18, 2010
The Hermasa Terminal on the Amazon River, part of the Brazilian AMAGGI agricultural giant is a site to behold. Last year the facility loaded 2.5 million tons of soybeans. The company expects to move 2.8 million tons through the terminal in 2010. Started in 1997, the terminal loaded 7 barges, says Jander Sanchez, the AMAGGI director of operations. Last year's total was 89 barges.
They plan to grow. There is already a barge building facility upriver from the terminal in Manaus, and it is currently constructing a new facility just three kilometers up river from the present terminal. The anticpated total in the future is to offload 5 million tons of product.
With the ability to move Panamax vessels the 600 miles up river from the Atlantic Ocean to reach the port, the opportunities are nearly boundless for this company and the country. Sanchez says there are plans in place to add a container terminal in order to service large container ships.
Products moved through the operation include soybeans, soybean meal, soybean oil and corn.
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