In 2006, almost 260 thousand TEUs of containerized cargo and 48 million tons of general cargo passed through the Port of Itaguai. Brazil’s mining company, Vale, ships 25 million tons of iron ore from its terminal in the Port of Itaguai every year.
In 1975, the Companhia Docas do Rio was empowered to oversee and manage port facilities for Rio de Janeiro ports. Work began in 1976, and the Port of Itaguai opened in 1982 for shipment of alumina and coal. The Port of Itaguai is linked to highway and rail networks for inland access.
In the late 20th Century, modernization efforts were undertaken, and 210 meters of wharf were added, along with 200 thousand square meters of storage space for containerized cargo, roll-on/roll-off cargo, and additional canal access.
Today’s Port of Itaguai covers 10 million square meters with canal access of 20 meters depth. The Port of Itaguai contains separate terminals for containers, alumina, coal, iron ore, and solid and liquid bulk cargoes. The Ore Terminal can export up to 20 million tons of iron ore and can accommodate vessels up to 230 thousand DWT at a pier with depth of 18.7 meters. Modern equipment gives the terminal capacity to handle 10 thousand tons of ore per hour, meaning it can move as much as 70 million tons of ore a year.
Operated by the National Siderurgical Company, the Coal Terminal has capacity to handle seven million tons per year at two moorings that can accommodate 90 thousand and 45 thousand DWT.
The Container Terminal is located at a multiple-use wharf and has capacity to handle a million TEUs per year and 20 million tons of roll-on/roll-off cargo.
Operated by Valesul Aluminum S/A , the Aluminum Terminal covers 15 thousand square meters and has capacity to handle 300 tons per hour. It also has silos with capacity to store 15 thousand tons each.