Located in Santos (State of São Paulo), integrator terminal port Tiplan moves around 2.6 million tons of fertilizer, sulfur and ammonia per year. In progress, the expansion project of Tiplam will also allow the flow of grains and sugar, offering a competitive alternative for the country’s agricultural exports and adding 12 million tons to the Santos port capacity.
The $700 million terminal started operations at a new berth in January 2017 and will ramp-up loadings with a second berth at the end of March or early April for a total capacity of 5 million tonnes of grains and 4.5 million tonnes of sugar a year.
In an article about Tiplan, Reuters said that “the timing could hardly be better as Brazil faces its largest ever crop of soybeans, sugar and corn amid problems with a key road to northern terminals that has forced companies to divert up to 700,000 tonnes of soybeans to southern ports”.
According to VLI Logistica, these structures are part of a modern and bold logistics solution in a circular format that allows the transshipment of the loads without the need to dismember the train, increasing the efficiency of the maneuvers of entrance and exit of the terminals and reducing drastically the time of discharge of the railroad compositions. The estimated time for unloading each train with 80 wagons is only 4 hours.
The aroject also included in this delivery are warehouse 1 (with static capacity to house 83 thousand tons of grain) and warehouse 3 (with static capacity to receive 83 thousand tons of grain or 114 thousand tons of sugar); The berth 2 for mooring vessels; Plus a ship loader and belt conveyors.
A project like Tiplam, considered today the largest private port work in progress in the country, involves robust numbers. Starting with the investment of R $ 2.7 billion and the mobilization of more than 4 thousand direct employees at the peak of the works.
To move the daily volume to be realized exclusively by railroad in the Tiplam would be necessary 1,500 trucks. The whole internal area of the railway pear has 600 thousand m². During the works, more than 1 million cubic meters of earthworks were made; 64 thousand cubic meters of concrete were cast in loco; And another 25,500 cubic meters of precast is being used.
The mechanical assembly involves more than 12 thousand tons. By way of comparison, the Eiffel Tower needed 7,000 tonnes. Also 250 km of metal stakes were drilled in the earth and 16 km of stakes in the sea.
The engineering challenges were gigantic. One of them was the foundation of Tiplam structures, since the terminal is located in a low resistance soil area. One of the spaces that most required special attention of foundation is the railway moega. The moega is a structure for unloading the loads brought by the trains. Part of this structure lies under the railway line, below sea level. When a train arrives, the wagons are opened underneath and the cargo is discharged, being directed to the belts transported to the warehouses or directly to the ships. (Main source: VLI)