Located in the Brazilian southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, the Rio Grande Port had its cargo throughput boosted 10.5% in the first half of this year, reaching 13.3 million tons. The volume was the greatest in the history of the port for a first half.
Arrivals at the port totaled 4.6 million tons and grew 10.4%. Shipments, in turn, grew 10.5% to 8.7 million tons. Bulk liquids shipping operations dropped 3%, whereas those of solids grew 18.4%.
The Rio Grande Port cash cow was shipment of agricultural products in bulk. They totaled 4.9 million tons, 22.6% more than in the first six months of last year. The best performance was identified in the shipment of wheat, which grew 335.6%, or 896,000 tons.
Shipments of soy chaff grew 14.4% to 1 million tons, soy shipments rose 7.4% to 2.2 million tons and soy oil rose 1.3% to 256,000 tons. Maize and rice exports through the port dropped, 17.7% and 10,5% respectively, and shipments of agricultural products in bulk grew 31%, to 779,000 tons.
The container movement dropped 4.2%. But the vessel movement grew 4.3%, reaching 1,702 units. Coastwise shipping was the sector that grew the most, 21.7%, with 179 vessels, followed by interior navigation, with 744 units, up 5.5%, and long-haul navigation, with 779 vessels.