The Industrial Port Complex of Suape is a maximum-priority project for the Northeast of Brazil. Close to Recife and its airport, highway, and rail infrastructure, the advantages of this port site were recognized more than 20 years ago, when the first master plan for the harbor and surrounding industrial develop ments was drawn up. Suape has been in partial operation since 1984, but is now nearing full commercial operation, with additional docks in a new inner harbor.
The site itself covers almost 34,000 acres, plus 5,000 additional acres in the surrounding estuaries. The port's deep waters are located directly on the coast line, protected by a line of natural stone reefs and a two-milelong artificial breakwater. The original external port features a basin where two main facilities have been built-a 1,000-footlong quay for general cargo, containerized cargo, and roll-on, roll-off vehicles able to handle vessels up to 80,000 dwt, and a liquid bulk pier with five loaders/unloaders on each berth that can handle vessels up to 30,000 dwt. Additional facilities include container yards and warehouses. A private bulk-grain terminal and storage terminal for autos delivered by the rollon, roll-off system are under construction.
The internal port, still under construction, will have a total of almost five miles of quays for public and private berths of vessels up to 150,000 dwt. …