Port of Santos

The Port of Santos (in Portuguese: Porto de Santos) is located in the city of Santos, state of São Paulo, Brazil. As of 2006, it is the busiest container port in Latin America.

It possesses a wide variety of cargo handling terminals—solid and liquid bulk, containers, and general loads. It is Brazil's leading port in container traffic. The terrestrial access system to the port is made up by the Anchieta and Imigrantes highways and by the railroads operated by Ferroban and MRS.

It was once considered the "port of death" in the 19th century due to yellow fever, and ships often avoided docking at the wood plank port. The floods in the city's area provoked illnesses.

Today it is Latin America's largest port. Its structure is considered Brazil's most modern.

In the early 20th century, major overhauling and urbanization created the port's modern structure seen today, eliminating the risk of diseases and providing the port with modern, industrial-age infrastructure.

The location of the city of Santos was chosen at a convenient point for crossing the Serra do Mar mountain range, which is the main obstacle to access the interior. The first railway link from the port to the state capital São Paulo City, 79 km away, and the state's interior, was completed in 1864. This allowed for an easier transportation of the vast masses of migrant workers who headed to São Paulo and the state's numerous coffee farms. The main product exported by Santos until World War II was São Paulo state's huge coffee production, Brazil's largest. Today, coffee has become a smaller component of Brazil's exports and cars, machinery, orange juice, soybeans are now some of the port's main exports.

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Port of Santos box volume grows 19.6% Jan-Sept

Seatrade Maritime News 01 Nov 2021
The growth in container movement at the Port of Santos continues in the double digits, coming up to September 3.6m teu, 19.6% above the 3m teu in the same period of 2020 ... Port of Santos container volume up 20% in first 8 months ... "Santos Port Authority and the Ministry of ......

Brazil to offer leases for two more terminals at Port of Santos

Splash24/7 08 Oct 2021
The Government of Brazil has requested authorization from the Federal Court of Accounts (Tribunal de Contas da União, TCU) to offer the lease of an area called STS11 at the Port of Santos for the development of a terminal dedicated ......

Port of Santos container volume up 20% in first 8 months

Seatrade Maritime News 27 Sep 2021
Container throughput at the Port of Santos in August during the first 8 months of the year reached 3.2m teu with a significant growth of 20% ... The number of calls during the year decreased, showing a higher capacity of vessels passing through the Port of Santos ... Port of Santos container volumes grow 19% Jan- July....

Port of Santos container volumes grow 19% Jan- July

Seatrade Maritime News 03 Sep 2021
At the port of Santos, Brazil, July’s container volumes grew 23% year-on-year, handling 397,314 teu, and brought the overall year-to-date volume to 2.8m teu, a growth of 19%. The Port of Santos handled around 28% of Brazilian trade in July ... Santos, Brazil’s largest container port....

Brazilian port of Santos to benefit from 5G pilot project

Telecom Paper 26 Jul 2021
The Santos Port Complex will benefit from a pilot project for the installation and operation of 5G ......

Port of Santos approved to berth 14,000 teu containerships

Seatrade Maritime News 12 Mar 2021
The Brazilian Navy has given the Port of Santos approval to receive vessels of 366 m in length, equating to 14,000 teu, the largest ships calling the East Coast of South America ... Brazil’s port of Santos closes 2020 with record container volume ... The Port of Santos began 2021 by registering record volumes in cargo movement in January of this year....