Porto Sudeste Terminal

Porto Sudeste do Brasil is a private port terminal in Ilha da Madeira, Itaguaí, Brazil. The port, which is now open for business, has been designed to handle and export iron ore and other bulk solid cargoes to international markets.

Porto Sudeste is jointly owned by global terminal operator Impala and Mubadala Development Company in association with MMX Mineração e Metalicos SA.


Porto Sudeste hosts two mooring berths able to receive Capesize vessels. The facility will initially have the capability to handle in excess of 50 million tonnes per year, with an expansion capacity up to 100 million tonnes per year.

Utilising its direct connection to the Minas Gerais region via the MRS railway, Porto Sudeste is uniquely positioned to support Brazil’s rapidly growing iron ore mining sector.

Offloading from the MRS railway will take place on a privately operated rail spur capable of handling 160 car-long trains. Iron ore will be transferred to conveyors by two car dumpers which operate seamlessly and without the need to uncouple cars.

Iron ore is carried by state-of-the-art conveyors and stacked at one of Porto Sudeste’s two storage yards. With a capacity of 2.5 million tonnes, the storage yards are directly connected to Porto Sudeste’s vessel loading facilities via a tunnel. The bulk solid is quickly transferred to the tunnel conveyor by four stacker-reclaimers.

At 1.8 kilometers long, the tunnel ensures the swift and safe passage of bulk solid to waiting vessels via two ship loaders. Each ship loader is capable of loading at a rate of up to 12,000 tonnes per hour and can operate independently, loading multiple ships at the same time.

Porto Sudeste provides a major new route to export for Brazilian iron ore miners, accessing international markets quickly, effectively and reliably.


Impala Terminals is a multimodal logistics provider focused on export-driven economies. It owns and operates a network of ports, port terminals and warehouses which, combined with its transport assets, provide end-to-end logistics solutions for dry and liquid bulk cargoes, general cargo and containers. Impala Terminals is a wholly owned subsidiary of Trafigura, a market leader in the global commodities industry. Impala Terminals employs over 2,000 members of staff, owns and operates over 25 facilities across 18 countries around the world, and has USD2.6 billion of assets under management. www.impalaterminals.com


Established and owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi, the company's strategy is built on the creation of partnerships and on long-term investments that deliver strong financial returns and tangible social benefits for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and that contribute to the growth and diversification of its economy. Mubadala brings together and manages a multi-billion dollar portfolio of local, regional and international investments and partners with leading global organisations to operate businesses across a wide range of industry sectors. These include aerospace, semiconductors, metals & mining, oil & gas, renewables, information & communications technology, healthcare, real estate & infrastructure, utilities and defense services. For more information about Mubadala visit: www.mubadala.ae

Porto Sudeste

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February 27, 2014 - Impala and MDC Complete Purchase of Porto Sudeste
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Should you wish to become involved in this ambitious project, or benefit from the huge potential it presents to Brazil and to the iron ore market as a whole, please contact us: enquiries@portosudeste.com  


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Q2 2015

Startup of operations


Length of tunnel allowing the delivery of iron ore to vessels

250,000 TONNES

Deadweight capacity of ships that can be accommodated