North Operation

North Operation was created to meet an important demand for transportation and outflow of grains from the Central-Western region through the Northern Arc of Brazil, establishing a new route that profits from the country’s waterway potential to move loads and generate development and competitiveness to the region and agribusiness, besides substantially contributing to the Brazilian commercial balance.

With investments of about BRL 1.5 billion, the waterway operation in the state of Pará should move 1 million tons of grain in the region in 2016, 3 million in 2017 and reach the total operational capacity of 6.5 million in 2020. In a second phase, the capacity will be increased to 8.5 million tons of grain per year.

The project involved the construction of a Cargo Transshipment Station (ETC), located in Miritituba, and the Private Use Terminal (TUP), located in Barcarena, relying on 5 main pusher tugs, 7 sets of 20 barges, 1 auxiliary pusher tug for Boiuçu Strait, besides 4 pusher tugs for harbor maneuvers.

With a strategic location, North Operation is a logistic alternative of great importance since it reduces the movement of the harbors of other Brazilian regions, besides directly contributing to the reduction of truck traffic, logistic cost and time required for the outflow of production to the Brazilian agribusiness main markets.


With operations starting in the first semester of 2016, the station will comprise the reception of trucks and loading of grain in barges.


- Load capacity of approximately 40,000 tons / day;
- 4 dumpers supporting up to 315 tons / hour each;
- 1 floating pier enabling up to 1,800 tons / hour;
- 8 silos with maximum capacity of 144 thousand tons;
- Operation located in an area of 10 hectares.


With the start of the operation in the second semester of 2016, the terminal will receive trucks and barges loaded with grains, which will be shipped on Post Panamax bulk carriers with capacity of up to 120 thousand tons, leaving for the external market.


- Load capacity of approximately 48,000 tons / day;
- 2 dumpers with maximum capacity of up to 315 tons / hour each;
- 1 warehouse with a static capacity of 120 thousand tons;
- Planned construction of one additional warehouse, doubling the capacity to 240 thousand tons;
- 1 berth receiving ships up to the Post Panamax model with maximum capacity of up to 120 thousand tons;
- 1 berth receiving barges with maximum capacity of up to 1,426 tons / hour;
- Ship loader for the loading of ships of 2,000 tons / hour;
- Operation located in an area of 50 hectares.

Southern Operation

The South Operation was the first logistic project of Hidrovias do Brasil S.A., having its start with the agreement with Vale for the outflow of the ore production in Corumbá (MS) region with destination to San Nicolas, Argentina, contributing to the development of the Central-Western region of the country. With the implementation of Vale project, significant operational improvements occurred, leading to business expansion, aggregating new agreements bringing the diversification of Southern Operation, such and Grãos Sul Project (for the transportation of grains and fertilizers), Limday Project (for the transportation of cellulose) and TGM Project (a terminal at Montevideo Port for moving grains, wood chips and fertilizers).

Vale Project - Iron Ore.

It is the first agreement of Hidrovias do Brasil S.A., entered into with Vale in 2012 in the Take or Pay contract. Over the period of 25 years, 3.25 million tons of iron ore per year will be provided to be transported through Paraná-Paraguay waterway. For this operation, the company uses an infrastructure comprising eight 7,200-HP pusher tugs and 144 Jumbo barges for the navigation of over 2.5 thousand kilometers, from Corumbá (MS) to the River Plate Basin. In an agreement entered into between the companies, the operations would start in October 2014, but were advanced in 5 months, having started in May 2014 thanks to the planning and perfect integration between the involved parties. With this agreement, Hidrovias do Brasil has become the largest logistics operator in agreed volume in this logistics corridor.

Grãos Sul Project – Grains and Fertilizers.

With operations starting in February 2014, Grãos Sul Project comprises the river transportation of approximately 900 thousand tons/year of grains, leaving Paraguay and traveling about 1,500 kilometers with Argentina and/or Uruguay as destination. Currently this operation involves three 5,000-HP pusher tugs and 36 Mississippi barges.

Limday Project – Cellulose.

Jointly with Christophersen Group, 1.2 million tons of cellulose is transported per year through Uruguay River from Nova Palmira to Fray Bentos (Uruguay). The 10-year agreement is already in operation and relies on 2 pusher tugs and 4 barges, all dedicated and exclusive.

TGM Project - Graneles Montevideo Port Terminal

With the start of operations in 2016, TGM Project – built in partnership with Christophersen Group – comprises a terminal located inside the public harbor of Montevideo (Uruguay) for the annual movement of 2 million tons of grain and 800 thousand tons of wood chips, with the possibility of including 300 thousand tons of fertilizers per year.