CODEBA was established to manage and distribute cargoes throughout the State of Bahia. To assure effective operations, CODEBA seeks to provide modern infrastructure and technological support to the Port of Salvador.
The modern Port of Salvador is connected to inland Brazil by rail, road, and air. Its sheltered harbor is protected from tidal fluctuations. Two canals bring ocean-going vessels into the port. The anchoring area is 700 meters wide with depths from 9 to 12 meters. Major imports through the Port of Salvador are wheat and grains, foods, chemical products, equipment, vehicles, and malt. Major exports include petrochemical and iron products, granite, fruits and sisal, cellulose, copper, and vehicles.
Commercial Dock I is a public terminal covering 13.6 thousand square meters. With a pier 383.6 meters long and alongside depth of 8 meters, it contains 15 mooring dolphins. Dock I contains two public warehouses with capacity to store over 26 thousand cubic meters of wheat, malt, and grains.
Commercial Dock II is a public terminal covering 42.7 thousand square meters. Its pier is 860 meters long with alongside depth from 8 to 10 meters, and it can moor up to five vessels at the same time. Dock II is devoted to the loading/unloading of loose cargoes, containers, and passenger vessels. It contains six public warehouses with capacity for over 155 thousand cubic meters of cargo. Dock II also contains a 3200 square meter passenger terminal. In addition to passengers, Dock II specializes in handling chemical and petrochemical products, iron products, sisal, paper, wheat, cellulose, and vehicles.
The Coal Dock at the Port of Salvador covers over 7 thousand square meters serving the Mill J. Madeco. It can moor one ship at a time. Cargoes handled at the Coal Dock include grains, sisal, juices, chemical and petrochemical products, parts and equipment, containers, iron products, and vehicles.
The Connection Pier and South Point Pier are private terminals for public use. They cover almost 73.5 square meters. The docks have a total length of 451 meters and alongside depth from 10 to 12 meters. TECON SA operates the terminals under a 25-year lease. The terminals include a four thousand square meter warehouse, rail connections, and 308 plugs for refrigerated containers. The terminals are equipped to handle toxic product containers serving Monsanto. The terminals can handle 250 thousand containers annually. Cargoes handled include petrochemical and iron products, sisal, fruits and juices, granite, minerals, and containers and loose cargo.
The North Point Pier is a public terminal covering over 48 thousand square meters. The pier is 165 meters long with alongside depths from 11 to 12.4 meters. Work is underway to expand the pier. The North Point Pier at the Port of Salvador contains six mooring dolphins and an uncovered yard for handling and storage of minerals, containers, and general cargo. The Roll-on/Roll-off Ramp for public use has alongside depth of 8 meters.
The Port of Salvador’s Primary Zone includes four areas covering a total of 91.6 thousand square meters. The port’s customs facilities occupy 20 thousand square meters in this zone and include a warehouse and external container-stacking areas. The Secondary Zone area covers 70.2 thousand square meters. Located at the extreme north of the harbor, this zone houses the ferryboat system, market, parking facilities, and a storage area for granite from Corcovado.
In 2007 over 3 million tons of cargo moved through the Port of Salvador, including 2.6 million tons of ocean-going cargo and 530 thousand tons of internal cargo. The same year, the Port of Salvador handled 1.6 tons of container exports in 73 thousand TEUs and 753 thousand tons in container imports in 71 thousand TEUs. Further, the Port of Salvador greeted 88 cruise vessels carrying 1421 passengers.