Santos Container Terminal Reopens After Fire

The Tecon Santos container terminal reopened Saturday night after firefighters put out a blaze at the largest South American port gateway that lasted more than 40 hours. according to the Journal of Commerce.

Tecon Santos began receiving container ships again at its two berths, as well as roll-on, roll-off vessels at its Terminal Exportação de Veiculos facility, which has an adjacent berth at the left bank complex in Guaruja.

Up to a dozen containers carrying chemicals caught fire at a terminal at Brazil’s largest port of Santos last week  restricting ship movement.

The fire at the container terminal operated by logistics company Localfrio in Guaruja, on the eastern side of Santos, started around 3 p.m. Brasilia time (1700 GMT) and continued into the evening, sending plumes of smoke across the shipping channel at the commodity exporting port.

The inferno started when heavy rain penetrated a container, causing a chemical reaction with chlorine that had been loaded into the container at the Localfrio terminal. The containers held chemical compound dichloroisocyanuric acid, not ammonium as local media initially reported.

Local authorities and the fire brigade are conducting a investigation into the conflagration.

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