Itacoatiara is the 2nd largest town in the Amazonas State, on the left bank (looking downriver) of the Amazon River near the mouth of Madeira River. Its population was 95,714 (2014) and its area is 8,600 km². The town is known as "City of Painted Stone" - which is its name translated from Tupi.
Itacoatiara is located 108 nautical miles downriver from Manaus. It takes roughly 51 hours upstream transit time leaving Fazendinha pilot station for the vessel to reach Itacoatiara-AM, and 42 hours downstream. Terminals are about 800 miles inland (600 miles from Pilot Station, Fazedinha). Panamax vessels can make the journey from the Atlantic Ocean up to Amazon to Itacoatiara in 3 days. The depth alongside the terminal can reach 30 meters during flooding, but there is draft restrictions at Amazon River’s mouth, called Barra Norte (Ponta do Céu) which is 11.50 meters. With further dredging it is soon expected to be increased to 11,70 metres.
Although it can vary a lot, an average of 8 days at anchorage needs to be considered before berthing. During rainy season which is from December till June, operations is halted couple hours of a day for almost all days. The following are terminals at Itacoatiara.
Floating Hermasa Terminal I
For soya beans, soya meal, maize and soya oil.
Hermasa can load Panamax Size vessels, through two steady ship loaders and conveyor system from warehouses or from barges. It is not allowed to drop anchor.
Hermasa Anchorage Terminal II
System of buoys complex – for soya beans, maize, and discharges fertilizer.
Transhipment operation is performed at inner anchorage of Itacoatiara roads – close to Hermasa floating terminal. The vessel will stay moored on five buoys: 3 ones at forward and 2 ones at afterpart, not allowed dropping anchors. The Crane assembled on top of a Barge will be moored alongside the vessel, where the loading will be performed by a grab linked to the Crane.
Terminal Fluvial do Brasil (TFB)
TFB is for for liquid products. Liquid cargo is discharged from the vessel (diesel, ethanol and gasoline) and stored in the shore tanks, for later transfer to the barges that will distribute products in the cities of the area (Parintins and Porto Velho).
It is a public berth for general cargo and passengers.
Key port information may also be found at: http://www.maritime-database.com
Port Location and Contact
Province or District
State of Amazonas
Nearest Town or City with Distance from Port
Itacoatiara - 10 KM
Port's Complete Name
Port of Itacoatiara
Managing Company or Port Authority
Amaggi – Hermasa (only for grain terminal)
Management Contact Person
Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures
Eduardo Gomes International Airport – Manaus
American Airlines, Copa Airlines, TAP Airlines, LATAM, AZUL, GOL
Hermasa I (Amaggi Terminal)
Itacoatiara (Hermasa I on the left side of the photo)
Description and Contacts of Key Companies
Please find photos, videos and additional information in following link: Itacoatiara Documents
Amaggi Hermasa I & II Grain Terminals
Hermasa Terminal I / Floating unit
Hermasa is in the Itacoatiara city area, linked to Manaus via paved road 270 km far. The System can load Panamax Size vessels, through two fixed ship-loaders and conveyor system either from shore silos, from the barges and or both.
The terminal is about 800 miles inland (600 miles from Pilot Station, Fazendinha). Panamax vessels can make the journey from the Atlantic Ocean up to the Amazon to Itacoatiara in 3 days. The depth alongside the terminal can reach 30 meters during flooding, but there are draft restrictions at Amazon River’s mouth, called Barra Norte (Ponta do Céu) which is 11,50metres. The terminal comprises a twin-hull (catamaran) floating pier, roughly 70 meters long by 14 meters wide, with two steady ship-loaders. Convoy of barges (25x2,000T=50,000 tons;) carrying the soybeans and/or maize sailing from the Porto Velho terminal through the Madeira River can be docked inside the floating pier and their cargo transferred to silos ashore or directly into the ship's cargo holds both ways measured by scales. The barge gantry unloader can handle up to 1,500 MT/hr of cargo.
Grain Terminal Located at Latitude 03° 09' 368" Longitude 58° 26' 722" consists of:
- Floating unit
- Grain products reception by barges
- Storage (Solid and liquid)
- Crushing plant
- Loading grain
Floating Unit: Considering the huge variation of the Amazon River subject to rainy season on Dec/June the ship- loader was built on top of a floating unit linked ashore by a bridged conveyor system, the floating unit is kept in position by a system of 7 anchors. Vessels under loading operation do not berth alongside the floating unit but are moored properly to the 7 buoys and 2 mooring bits ashore. The ships are positioned about 3 meters distant from the floating unit using tension on the various moorings. There is a tug stationed always on the upriver end of the floating unit to assist in manoeuvring and in the case of emergencies.
Number of gangs intended to be employed, expect number of shifts and stevedore working hours: 2 gangs (occasionally can be used simultaneously) / number of shifts: 5 / every 6 hours.
|Vessel Maximum LOA||255 m|
|Maximum beam||32.30 m|
|Vessel max air draft|
Maximum sailing draft
|Loading Rate||2 loaders simultaneously can reach 2.300 MT/hr for grains.|
Oil: 550 MT/hr
SB HIPRO:: 700 MT/hr
|Stowage Factor SBS|
Official figures by Customs Shore scale figures only.
|Working periods||24 Hours Sat/Sun/Holidays included.|
|Manoeuvre periods||Daylight only|
Mooring: 05:30 AM – 04:30 PM
Unmooring: 07:00AM – 05:30 PM
|Berth fendering/mooring arrangements||Berth fendering is considered proper for vessels up to Panamax categories – however, it is small fendering system / mooring arrangements always to be performed on board, once the vessel is at the anchorage area by Terminal’s mooring master.|
|Fresh water supply||Available, min supply 100 tons, USD 13.00 per ton.|
|Workshop||Mechanic and electrical maintenances in diesel high rotation engineering motors, shaft maintenance and others.|
|Availability of sludge for disposal||Free of charge. Performed by barge and inner anchorage only.|
|Garbage removal||Available/ Not compulsory.|
|Shore labour||boarding by portside gangway.|
|DWT/Displacement Restriction||Up to 100,000 tons.|
There is an anchorage close to Itacoatiara town and the main public pier which is used solely for inter river traffic. The depth of water at the anchorage varies with the rainy season and can range from 35.0 to 75.0 meters.
Soya beans and maize are supplied to Hermasa Grain Terminal by a system of 135 Mississippi style barges and five (5) pusher tugs. Each convoy consists of twenty (25) barges pushed by a tug. Porto Velho is approximately 1,100 kms from Itacoatiara sailing in the Madeira River. The barges are all secured/covered with fiber-glass covers and all cargo is sampled and tested before being stored and or/ loaded as well as shore weighted.
- 2 Warehouses of 110,000 tons each (Soya/Maize).
- 1 Warehouse of 110,000 tons for soya meals.
- 8 Tanks (Soya oil) - Totalling 25,000 tons.
Crushing Plant: 2,000 tons per day, producing 1,600 tons of soya meal, hull pellets and 400 tons raw soya oil.
- Soybeans or maize - 1,500 tons p/h provided, there are barges for the 2nd loader otherwise 1,000/ 1,500 tons p/h from storage.
- Soya meals/Pellets - 700 tons p/h - one loader only.
- Soya oil - 550 cbm p/h (hoses connection 2x 6”).
Loaders – 2 steadies, but it turns around and operates both provided barge availability – outreach 18.0 meters.
Bunkers – N/A - nearest ports where Bunker is available: Belem or Manaus
Tugs boats – 2 in/out
Mooring Lines Terminal can supply vessel with additional ropes free of charge if required/ approved by them.
Macapá Bay Anchorage Macapá Bay Anchorage positions for waiting Vessel’s repairs and Quarantine formalities.
Macapá Anchorage no. 01:
- A) 0º06,65'N 50º 56,90'W
- B) 0º08,00'N 50º 55,47'W
- C) 0º08,00'N 50º 53,96'W
- D) 0º06,65'N 50º 54,92'W
Macapá Anchorage no. 02:
- A) 0º02,20'N 50º 59,47'W
- B) 0º04,57'N 50º 58,36'W
- C) 0º04,57'N 50º 56,83'W
- D) 0º02,20'N 50º 57,87'W
Fazendinha Anchorage Compulsory pilots board at Fazendinha P/S, 300nm away from Santarém.
Alternative Anchorages at Fazendinha P/S.
- A) 00º 03.5 S 051º 07.2 W
- B) 00º 03.5 S 051º 05.8 W
- C) 00º 03.7 S 051º 05.8 W
- D) 00º 04.3 S 051º 06.9 W
Fazendinha P/S GMT -3h
Santarem GMT -3h
Itacoatiara GMT -4h
Note some distances for your reference:
From Amazon River entrance (Barra Norte) up to Macapá 170 NM
From Macapá to Santarem 300 NM
From Macapá P/S to Itacoatiara 610 NM
From Itacoatiara to Manaus 110 NM
Hermasa II (MAQUIRA)
Transhipment through barges
Transhipment will take place inner anchorage of Itacoatiara – closest to Hermasa floating terminal.
|Sailing draft as per Barra Norte Restriction||1150 m|
|Draft in the anchorage||80.00 m|
|Grabs / Capacity|
2 available, but only 1 working at a time
26 Tons / 500 Tons/hr
|Air draft||17.00 m Panamax-sized vessels|
|Loading Rate||– 10/12.000 Tons. p/d|
|B/L Figures||Final loaded quantity (B’s/L figures) will be determined by draft survey conducted by Custom’s appointed surveyor.|
|Berthing/unberthing maneouvres||During daylight only – from 0600lt to 1730 LT (for berthing vessel must heavy up anchor max 1500 LT, in order to reach Terminal in time.).|
|Mooring system||– Vessel will stay moored on four buoys – 3 forward and 1 aft, so not required dropping anchors and the Crane Barge will be moored alongside the vessel – as per below.|
|Bunkers||N/A. Belem or Manaus are the nearest ports where bunker is available|
Port Authorities and agency staff will board vessels at both ports (Fazendinha P/S and Itacoatiara). At Fazendinha P/S the visit/inspection takes about 3 hours to be performed.
Terminais Fluviais do Brasil (TFB)
TFB has a large capacity of oil storage of 59.000 cubic meters, typically transfers the storage oil to other points. TFB is part of a DISLUB EQUADOR group.
December to June
Major Export Campaigns
December to September
Handling Figures for 2017
105 (excluding Tank Terminal, only Hermasa I & II for solid and liquid bulk)
Container Traffic (TEUs)
Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2017
4,663,641 (HERMASA I&II only)
Break bulk (MT)
Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges
Type of Berth
Maximum Draft (m)
Novo Remanso Public Berth for small river cargo and passenger transportation.
Hermasa I Floating Unit
General Cargo Handling Berths
Imports - Bagged Cargo
Exports - Bagged Cargo
Imports and Exports - RoRo
Port Handling Equipment
The port equipment is managed by the terminal owners.
Total Quantity and Capacity Available
Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage
RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)
2 Fixed Vessel Loaders with moving arms each with 1500 TPH Loading Rate, loading via 1 loader at a time
Hermasa I floating unit
There is no container terminal in Itacoatiara.
Customs Authority: Delegacia da Receita Federal no Amazonas
There is no customs authority in Itacoatiara, Manaus Customs Authority oversees exports and imports from Itacoatiara Port. All customs process is done in a paperless environment on a electronic platform named e-CAC. Please see this link for guidance on e-CAC (in Portugese): e-CAC Guidance.
Address: Avenida Governador Danilo de Matos Areosa, 1530, Distrito Industrial 1, Manaus, Amazonas CEP 69075-351
Number of Storage Facilities
All stevedoring activities are carried out by the terminal owners. Amaggi has a shipyard in Itacoatiara for maintenance of its tugboat and barge fleet. No bunkering service is available in Itacoatiara. Closest options are Manaus or Belem. Sludge and garbage disposal services are available.
Main means of connection of the terminals is Amazon River and its branches. Majority of grain volumes are coming from State of Mato Grosso using Brazilian Highway System till Porto Velho (BR-364) and there they are transhipped to barge convoys (25x2000 tons barge) which takes them 3-4 days to arrive to Hermasa Terminals in Itacoatiara with Madeira River / Amazon River connection.
Current ISPS Level
ISPS Level 1