Codesp expects a greater use of trains on the region

Companhia Docas do Estado de São Paulo (Codesp – Docks Company of State of São Paulo) promises a rigorous supervision on the trucks scheduling system and on its traffic monitoring on the production regions from Central-West to the Port.

Luís Cláudio Santana Montenegro, the company Strategic Planning and Control chairman, considers these actions as essential ones to avoid traffic jams on the next month and to grant the success of Plano Safra 2015, which was elaborated by the government to avoid these traffic jams. The executive also says he is “calm” regarding the operations at Santos and that he has three reasons for that.

The first reason is that Codesp has registered a greater use of the railways on agricultural loads transport until Santos. The Port has booked a growing of 40% on the train transported grains volume, when compared to last month. The Transport Ministry expects that this grown stays between 15% and 20% on this harvest.

Considering that the agricultural loads movement should stay practically stable – according to Codesp, the sugar, corn and soybean loads should sum up to 42.14 million tons this year, 1.3% less than last year –, this railway grown indicates a greater participation from modal.

According to SEP, on last year 58% of the vegetable bulk was carried to the Port of Santos by railway.
Monitoring

The second reason that supports the chairman positive expectative is the monitoring system of agricultural charges arrival on Santos, on Baixada Santista and on the railways that connect the production regions on Central-West to the region. According to the rules established by Codesp on 2013, all trucks transporting agricultural loads must have its arrival on Santos scheduled previously. If they do not meet the deadline, they will be adverted and, afterwards, fined.

Luís Cláudio Santana Montenegro informed: “We are controlling rigorously the load arrivals and the rules accomplishment. There are three monitoring centrals on Codesp, and ANTT personnel in on the roads informing about the trucks arrival at the Port”.
According to the chairman, ANTT has five fixed monitoring points and five moveable points on the roads between the Central-West and Santos. The total is of 60 fiscals working on this. The trucks’ information is currently passed on to the Port by the agents themselves, but the Port Authorities want to automate this service until the end of the year. The bidding process to automate this service has already begun.

Respected Rules

The third reason for the Port representative believe on the Plano Safra success comprehends the Port of Santos structure and the fact that, until now, the terminals and the motorists have been respecting the scheduling rules. According to the chairman, the vegetable bulks installations of the maritime sector have capacity to receive up to 3 million load trucks every day. Last year the greatest daily movement, when there was no traffic jam problems, was of 2,300 trucks registered on March.

Montenegro highlighted: “The numbers show that Santos has a spare capacity (to accommodate trucks). All the same, we have to pay attention to any vehicles concentration. On any situation, the most important thing is to control and to organize the trucks’ arrival. There must be no concentration on the loads arrival”.

Codesp Strategic Planning and Control chairman explains that, to avoid chaos and grant order, keeping track of the trucks’ arrival on the Port is essential. “The idea is simple. When the scheduled truck does not arrive or when there are fewer arrivals than expected, I stay alert. It must cause a trouble because if the truck does not arrive on the Port on the scheduled time, it can arrive later, when there was another truck scheduled to arrive. And that is when a queue and a concentration begin.

On these situations, Codesp contacts the load final destination to gather information about the load delay. After that, the load arrival must be rescheduled to avoid problems on the Port.

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