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Port Overview

Santarém is a city and municipality in the western part of the state of Pará in Brazil. Located at the confluence of the Tapajós and Amazon Rivers, it has become a popular tourist destination. It is the second-most important city in the state, and the financial and economic centre of the western part of the state. It leads the Santarém Metropolitan Area, made up of Santarém, Belterra and Mojuí dos Campos.

It is located some 800 km (500 miles) from the two largest cities in the Brazilian Amazon: Manaus, upriver in the state of Amazonas, and the Pará state capital Belém, located downriver at the mouth of the Amazon on the Atlantic Ocean. Santarém has an estimated population of 299,419 people (2012 Census) and is the third most populous city of the state. The city occupies an area of 22 887,087 km2² (14 304,42 square miles), of which 77 km2 are urban areas.

There are proposals to create a new Brazilian state by dividing the enormous state of Pará into western and eastern regions. The new state to be established in the west would be called Tapajós, with Santarém serving as the capital.

BR-163 connects Santarém with the southern Brazil. A large portion of it is not paved which renders the highway nearly unusable during the wet season. BR-230 connects BR-163 to the state capital.

Santarém is a popular destination for cruise ships on the Amazon, which make port regularly in the City Docks. The docks are administrated by the CDP (Companhia Docas do Pará) and are the second most important in the state, second only to Belém, due to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. The rivers and waterways are still the central means of transporting passenger and cargo due to the poor conditions of the highways and the high price of airplane travel. Most nearby villages have no roads and can only be reached by boat; trips can take up to 12 hours depending on the boat and the destination.

In 2003, the US-based corporation Cargill completed a port facility for processing soybean in Santarém which has stimulated soybean production in the area but has received backlash due to its non-compliance with environmental regulations. 

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Port Location and Contact



Province or District

State of Para

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Port

Santarem – 0 km

Port's Complete Name

Porto de Santarem





Managing Company or Port Authority

Companhia Docas Do Para

Management Contact Person

José Carlos Zampietro

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

Santarem – Maestro Wilson Fonseco Airport has only local flight connections with TAM, AZUL and GOL Airlines. Nearest airport with international connections would be Eduardo Gomes International Airport in Manaus.

American Airlines, Copa Airlines, TAP Airlines, LATAM, AZUL, GOL

Port Picture

Cargill Terminal on the right-side and CDP Public Berths on the top-side.

Cargill Santarem Grain Terminal 

CDP Santarem Public Berths 

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

Please check following link for Santarem photos, videos and additional documents: Santarem Documents.


Cargill Santarem Grain Terminal


In 1999, Cargill won the concession to build a grain terminal in Port of Santarém. The construction of the Cargill Terminal began in 1999 and its operation began in 2003. The Santarém Solid Granulated Fluvial Terminal was built to ship part of the grain production acquired by Cargill in the central-western region of Brazil (Mato Grosso), and allowed the local community the possibility export their production.

Currently the Terminal moves soy and maize, operating through road and waterways. More than 80% of the grain travels from Mato Grosso to Porto Velho (RO) or Miritituba (PA) in trucks, where they are later transhipped to the barges for Santarém destination. Another 20% arrive at the terminal in trucks coming directly from the state of Mato Grosso by Br-163 highway or local production. The current capacity for shipment is 5 million tons of grain per year and storage of 114 thousand tons since expansion project of 2015 is completed.

Cargill Terminal is located in the Santarem city on right bank of Tapajos River.  About 300nm from Fazendinha P/s.  Fazendinha P/s is the first stop for all vessels entering Amazon River for Port Authorities clearance purposes and Pilots embarkation/disembarkation. The System can load Panamax Size Vessels, through three fixed Ship loaders and conveyor system either from shore silos, from barges and/or both.

Max LOA250 m
Max BeamN/A
Max draft at berth

18.00 m (February- July)

12.00 m (August-January)

Max air draft15.00 m
DWT120.00 MT
Max sailing draft11.55 m
Loaders3 units
Water Density0.996 - FW
Stowage factor

Corn: 46 cubic ft/MT

SBS: 48.5 cubic ft/MT

Departure max draft from Cargill terminal11.55mts but draft limitation at Barra Norte/Ponta do Céu is 11.5 meters. FW.
Loading RateSoybeans and corn in bulk about 1.100 MT/h  for each loader. Loading operations can be done by 2 Shore Loaders at same time.
Ship Loaders3 steady but turn around and operates two each time – outreach 18.0 meters

114,000 Tons (Total)

  • Warehouses (1) of 60.000 tons
  • Silos (3) of 18.000 Tons
BunkersNot available
Tug boatsCompulsory with 2 tugs – Mooring/Unmooring
Anchorages and Pilot Station
  • Compulsory pilots boarding at Fazendinha P/S far 610 nm from Itacoatiara alternative.
  • Anchorages at Macapá Bay - 12 miles far from Fazendinha P/S: Macapá Bay Anchorage positions for completing ballast water exchange and for waiting for other instructions.
  • Santarem Anchorage positions for waiting Vessel’s repairs and free berth.
Local TimesFazendinha P/S GMT -3h. Santarem GMT -3h.
Some distances for your referenceFrom Amazon River, entrance (Barra Norte) up to Fazendinha P/S is 170 NM. From Fazendinha P/S to Santarem is 300 NM.

CDP Santarem Public Berths


The Port of Santarém covers an area of ​​498,370.89 m². (including Cargill Terminal)

Mooring structures: It has 8 berths consisting of pier, mooring dolphins, fluvial pier, solid bulk terminal, three liquid bulk terminals and Ro-Ro ramp.

Pier 100: L-shaped, "pre-shaped" concrete construction, built on precast concrete, built on reinforced concrete, built at the end of the access bridge, has two berths 101 and 102 with 200m and 185m in length, for general cargo and solid bulk. The pier was designed for overload of 3.0 t / m².

Mooring dolphins 200: consisting of a set of four mooring dolphins and a mooring dolphin, structures set on inclined piles executed in reinforced concrete, located upstream and in the same alignment of the pier 100, forming the cradle 201 with 185.6 m of extension for solid bulk operation and the cradle 202 of the same dimensions, is for barges, but it is not operational.

Fluvial Pier 300: situated in the inner area of ​​pier 100, has a berth 301 prepared to receive mixed fluvial vessels of passengers and general load.

Terminal of Solid Bulk 400: CARGILL Terminal Concession, located downstream of pier 100, is equipped with a conveyor belt in metallic structure with 374m in length that connects the mainland to the berthing structure which is composed of five mooring dolphins for operations with ships and barges. Cradle 401 intended for operations with ships and cradle 402 intended for operations with bulk barges.

River ramp - RF: ramp provided for barge operations in the "ro-ro" system, located on the right bank of the fluvial pier, prepared in a natural soil made of lateritic material (piçarra), with a width of 70m.

Liquid Bulk Terminals Concessions

T01: leased terminal to Fogás has a berthing platform built in concrete structure, an access bridge in metallic structure and pipelines for transportation of fuels.

T02: terminal leased to Raizen Shell, built in a wooden structure, has a connected two-berth docking platform and an access bridge that houses the fuel transport ducts.

T03: terminal leased to Equador, built in a wooden structure, has a connected two-berth docking platform and an access bridge that houses the fuel transportation ducts.


In addition to Cargill Terminal, the port has the following facilities:

Warehouses: two warehouses with lateral closure, measuring 60.0m x 25.0m each, occupies a total area of ​​3,000 m².

Gapões: two sheds with no lateral closure with an area of ​​1,200 m²

Customs Patios: Paved courtyard with asphalt concrete with an area available for storage of 10,000 m² and a paved courtyard with reinforced concrete with an area prepared for storage of 4,250 m².

Patios Storage: Paved patio with interlocking concrete blocks, located in the customs clearance area, has available storage area of ​​6,326 m²

BERTHS 101&201

Berth 101 - Max Dwt: 30,000 mt (Registered DWT) - By using trucks operations.

Berth 201 (5 Dolphins) - Max Dwt: 55,000mt (Registered DWT) - By using barges operations.

Max LOA 200.00mt / Max beam N/A / Max sailing draft 11.55mt / Max DWT 30k/ 55k /  Operation Loading/ unloading grains / Fertilizers /  Discharging / Loading rate average SBS - 500mt / day Fertilizer - 500mt/ day / Official figure Shore scale at BERTH 1 Vessel’s draft survey at BERTH 2/ 5 dolphins Water density 0.996/ 0.998 / Berth size Max 200.00mt / Depth at berth 15.00mt (low season of the river) Working times 24 hours daily/ 07 days in week / Tugboat Compulsory / Bunker Not available /  Port crane/ grabs Only grabs available /  FW supply By shore hydrants (10mt/hour) / Garbage removal Not available / Berthing/ unberthing manoeuvres The manoeuvres can be performed during day and night time and there is no restriction. The manoeuvre will be assisted by boats to help with lines / Pilotage station Pilotage from Barra Norte (entrance of Amazon river) up to Fazendinha P/S is not compulsory. This transit is master self-pilotage as per buoyage/ delimited channel informed to Masters / Warehouse There are 2 warehouses for general cargoes with total area 5,510 m3 / Local time GMT - (minus) 03hours.

Departure max draft from CDP terminal is 11.55mts but draft limitation at Barra Norte/Ponta do Céu is 11.5 meters FW.

Port Performance

Seasonal Constraints


Time Frame

Rainy Season


December to June

Major Export Campaigns


February to November

Other Comments

Soybeans February to July / Maize July to January

Handling Figures for 2017

Vessel Calls

104 (Only Solid Grain shipments from Cargill and Public Berths)

Grand total (including barges and river boats) 3,445

Container Traffic (TEUs)


Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2017

Bulk (MT)

4,577,210 (solid grain shipments only)

Break bulk (MT)


Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

Cargill Santarem Grain Terminal:

CDP Public Berths:

 Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth


Length (m)

Maximum Draft (m)


Conventional Berth



15 (dry season)

CDP Berths 101&201, max sailing draft: 11.55 meters

Container Berth


Silo Berth



12 dry season / 18 wet season

Cargill, max sailing draft: 11.55 meters

Berthing Tugs


2 compulsory during mooring & unmooring

Water Barges


General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports - Bagged Cargo

CDP Public Berths 101&201

Exports - Bagged Cargo

CDP Public Berths 101&201

Imports and Exports - RoRo

NIL – There is a berth for ferry barge but only for domestic cargo.

Other Imports

Port Handling Equipment

Port handling equipment is privately-owned by terminal concession owners or stevedoring companies operating at public berths. 



Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane


2 (Not operational)

CDP Berth 101

Container Gantries


Mobile Cranes




RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)


Grain Elevator


3 Loaders of which 2 can load simultaneously with 1,100 MT/hr loading rate for a total of 2,200 MT/hr

Cargill Terminal





Container Facilities

There is no container handling facility in Santarem Port.

Customs Guidance

Customs Authority: Delegacias da Receita Federal No Para


All customs process is done in a paperless environment on a electronic platform named e-CAC.

Address:  Av. Tapajós, 277 Centro Santarem, PARA CEP 68005-000

Tel: +55(93)35125400 

Please seePort of Santos Customs Guidance for Brazilian Customs Orientation Document(in Portuguese).

Terminal Information

Multipurpose Terminal

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (m2)

Bagged Cargo



Refrigerated Cargo


General Cargo




All stevedoring activities are carried out by the terminal owners and private stevedoring companies operating at public berths No bunkering service is available in Santarem. Closest options are Manaus or Belem. Sludge and garbage disposal services are not available. FW supply available.

Hinterland Information

Main means of connection of the terminals is Amazon River and Tapajos River as Santarem is perfectly located in the junction point. Majority of grain volumes are coming from State of Mato Grosso using notorious BR-163 Cuiaba – Santarem partly paved highway till Miritituba Port on Tapajos River and there they are transhipped to river barges for further transportation till Cargill and CDP Berths in Port of Santarem. During June-December dry season part of the volumes arrive via overland using BR-163 Highway all the way till Santarem. Additionally, just like Itacoatiara Porto Velho which is connected to Mato Grosso via BR-364 Highway for further river transportation via Madeira River is another supporting port for volumes that are being exported from Santarem.

Photos of BR-163 Cuiaba Santarem Highway

Port Security


ISPS Compliant


Current ISPS Level
(Level 1 = Normal, Level 2 = Heightened, Level 3 = Exceptional)

ISPS Level 1

Police Boats


Fire Engines


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