Ships wait 15-20 days to load Brazilian grains
* Ships waiting to load bulk grain up to 15 days at Santos port
* Wait is as long as 20 days at grain port Paranagua
SAO PAULO Feb 28 (Reuters) - Brazil's impaired TGG soy and corn loading terminal at Santos is so far not having an impact on ship waiting times to carry grains from Brazilian ports to international markets, traders and vessel line-up data showed Tuesday.
Brazil's TGG, Santos' main grain terminal, said on Feb. 17 had resumed loading soybeans, meal and corn at half capacity, ending a five-day interruption to exports from the main grain terminal in the country that should lead the world in soybean exports this year.
TGG, when it is running at full capacity, accounts for a little over half of Santos' bulk grain exports annually.
Ships arriving at Paranagua, the No. 2 Brazil grains port, will wait up to 20 days, while those at Santos, the No. 1 port will wait up to 15 days, typical periods for Brazil at this time of the year as the grain harvest approaches its peak, traders and port spokesmen said.
Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures have jumped 19 percent since Dec. 14 when they reached a 14-month low. The rise has come on concern that drought in Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, which account for about half of world soybean exports, will sap already low global stocks of the important source of protein for human consumption and animal feed.
Brazil's Port of Paranagua, a leading grain exporter for Brazil, said it has 26 ships waiting to load soybeans, meal, corn or wheat, with three ships - two operated by multinational trader Cargill - currently berthed in the public corridor loading bulk grains.