The new Agribulk Terminal at the port of Veracruz has received unloading equipment, which it says can both unload an 80,000dwt Panamax vessel in four days and load a 75-wagon block train in under eight hours.
This will be put into service during the first three months of next year and allow productivity in the region of 1,200 tonnes per hour, which is claimed to be three times faster than anything similar at other Mexican ports.
The terminal, which is operated by the Gramosa Group, will handle agribulk, as well as liquid and semi-liquid agricultural products. Gramosa initially has a concession for 20 years, but could extend this by a similar period upon expiry.
It has 300m of linear quay with alongside draught of 15m, although this will eventually be dredged to 20m. The total operating area of 100,000 m2 will eventually be linked by 4km of rail sidings, which will be served by both Ferrosur-Ferromex and KCSM.
Storage will initially consist of five 10,000t silos, a 13,000t flat warehouse and seven tanks for liquids with a capacity of 15,000 tonnes. A planned second stage development will add a further five silos and a second flat warehouse, as well as tanks for liquids able to store 12,600t of products.
A final development stage could see construction of 10,800t of additional liquid storage space.
Once completed, the terminal will have a combined one-time capacity of 126,000t for agribulk and 38,400t for liquids.