This comprises: a) 2 (outer-inner) off-shore piers lying parallel to each other and to the shore, b) silos and storage areas on shore, c) overhead conveyor belts supported on latticed towers running at right angles to the berths and joining them to the storage area.
The outer pier comprises 8 interconnected dolphins which offer a berthing front of 240 m for ocean going vessels on the outside and berths for several barges on the inside.
The inner pier, of 170 m in length is exclusively for the use of barges which berth on both sides. Each pier is equipped with a jib crane fitted with 3,5 cbm grabs for discharging bulk cargoes from either ships or barges onto the conveyor belts, whilst the conveyor belts, which are reversible, are also used to load cargoes from silos or storage onto ships via three loading arms situated on the outer pier.
Cargo can also, of course, be transferred to or from ship to barge directly or vice versa by means of the grab fitted crane at the outer berth, the craft involved lying on opposite sides of the pier. Vsls of up to 85.000 ton Ddwt acceptable. Depth alongside 9,75 m at datum. Disrate 6/12.000 ton per day, depending commodity. Loadrate about 850 ton per hour depending on commodity. Berth fitted with electric capstans for shifting barges.
The principal cargoes handled are manganese and iron ore from Ladario (Corumbá) (Brazil) and soya beans together with soya bean meal pellets from Paraguay and Bolivia (Puerto Aguirre).
Silo storage 360.000 ton.