SAO PAULO, BRAZIL — Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) said Feb. 22 that it made the largest shipment of soybeans in the history of the Ponta da Montanha Grain Terminal (TGPM) in the northern Brazilian city of Barcarena, shipping 84,802 tonnes in a single vessel.
This shipment also represented the largest volume ever shipped on a grain vessel from ports in the Amazon Basin, the company told Reuters. The previous record for shipments from Brazil’s northern region was set at the port of Santarem in 2020, when 82,531 tonnes of soybeans were moved in a single vessel.
Vitor Vinuesa, logistics director, ADM South America, said the record shipment showed the company has another option for moving soybeans through TGPM using its own vessel and is something the company will do more often.
ADM-owned bulk carrier MV Harvest Frost, which is 237 meters (777.56 feet) long and 40 meters (131.2 feet) wide, set sail last week for the port of Rotterdam, Netherlands, where the company also owns a terminal. ADM said it will crush all the soybeans being moved in this shipment itself for products such as soymeal, cooking oil and biodiesel.