Brazilian Port Closed by Explosion

According to the Breakbulk, one of Brazil’s leading general cargo ports – São Francisco do Sul, was closed for several days last week due to a huge explosion from a consignment reported to be about 10,000 tonnes of fertilizer in a warehouse near the port.

The massive explosion caused the release of several potentially hazardous chemicals into the air and the formation of a thick, black cloud of smoke seen for 20 kilometers. Officials report the smoke began spreading north after the initial explosion at 11 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at a warehouse belonging to Global Logistica.

Local newspapers reported that among the chemicals were ammonium nitrate, ammonium phosphate and potassium flouride.

The University Hospital of the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) reportedly claimed the fumes were toxic but the city council of São Franciso do Sul denied that the smoke had reached the city center, which is 1 kilometer from the explosion. 5 000 masks were given to the public.

Terminal Santa Catarina, known as TESC returned to normal operations past weekend.

Since the terminal opened some 20 years ago, TESC has concentrated on steel and other breakbulk and  project cargoes.

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