Nortegam presents

OTA - Offshore Terminal Afloat

Main benefits of implementing OTA:

Enables the loading of ships outside the port/terminal

Loading and unloading can be simultaneous, permanent and independent of weather conditions

Aggregates receive more cargo and a greater number of ships, river/maritime convoys berthed

Offshore installation, with IMO number, flag, port of registry, class certificates, articulated structure with hull of two (2) ex-ships up to the Very Large Bulk Carrier class (VLBC, up to 350,000 MT each), and will provide:

1 - Shelter area for ships, river and sea convoys;
2 - Permanent and safe operation 24 hours a day, in prevailing weather conditions;
3 - Operational draft up to 22.5m;

Floating Silo- 200,000 to 1,000,000 MT (customized)

Simplified environmental licensing applicable to ships

Operating cost 1/3 of the traditional port

CAPEX of 1/2 value of the traditional port

Dock and undock with Mooring Master

OTA Solution Context

Arco Norte – Main via, the so-called Arco Norte access the Tapajos River has become the biggest gamble of trading and agribusiness service providers as an alternative outlet for Brazilian grain harvest: The road to the port is shorter,  cheapest shipping, and is not expected  congestion for boarding, as  currently occurs in the Southeast and southern ports:

  • The global environmental imbalance has strong influence on the reduction of water levels in the Amazonian waterways;
  • The current terminals up-river, due to draft restrictions imposed by seasonal weather, guarantees at most only about 75% grain shipment load of ships DWT, generating the reasonable idea for the need of Top Off, in order to avoid departing with dead freight;
  • The expansion of the Panama Chanel gave access to the NEW PANAMAX ship class, allowing grain shipments of about 100,000 MT, with full use of vessels DWT;
  • The channel of Nicaragua, work has already begun in the interest of China, planned start of operations in 2030, will expand the operational limit crossing to the largest existing vessels (about 400.000DWT);
  • The growth of worldwide demand for grain shall require the use of CAPE SIZE and VLBC ( 400.000DWT) to optimize freight cost per ton in the not too distant future;
  • The above data underpin the need for a full Load solution (without dead freight) in a secure location with operating draft of up to 22 m and perennial (immune to the seasonality of rivers in the region);
  • Current technology allows you to install an Offshore Terminal   Afloat   (OTA) suitable to the demands and can accommodate barge convoys of 40 / 75.000Tons, able to transship to VLBC.


Offshore Terminal Afloat (OTA) ADVANTAGES:

Complementing the benefits mentioned on the top of this page:

It is easy to obtain environmental licensing;

It promotes all degrees of operational freedom for loading grains, desirable to guarantee the full vessels DWT as follows:

• Waiving the use of pilots, because it uses captain maneuver, appointed by BB;
• Exemption from all fees and charges applicable to similar structures installed on land;
• Full operational control exercised by BB;
• Employment of own and / or chartered vessels in operational maneuvers;
• Exemption from the requirement of labor work of the Governing Body of Labor (OGMO);
• Operating in exclusive protected remote area with private monitoring ;
• Draft always available, independent of regional seasonality;
• Possibility of multiple simultaneous operations with, at least, two loadings (convoy / ship);
• Availability of additional silos according to the growing demand;
• Absence of demurrages, and ship / convoys maneuvers independent of tide.

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