Brazil: Amazon bay - Liquefaction of bauxite cargoes


Published: 12 March 2012

Information received with thanks from BRAZMAR Marine Services Ltda., Brazil

Dear Sirs,

In the last few weeks we have witnessed an exponential increase in the number of cases involving the liquefaction of bauxite cargoes deriving from the Amazon bay region (especially Trombetas).

The precise cause for such excessive moisture content has not yet been determined but it is thought to be connected to the rainy season (whose effects are exacerbated by the practice of some terminals to not suspend the loading operations during rain) and, also to the fact that the cargoes are not left in the storage areas long enough to drain.

Fortunately to date most of the issues that have derived from these incidents are mainly related to delays and extra costs with the discharge operations. That said, it seems important to take a cautious approach due to the potential danger to the vessel/crew of cargo liquefaction.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for any further information or local support if this topic is of your interest.

Best regards,
BRAZMAR Marine Services Ltda.
(As agents only)