Ship backlog dogs Brazilian ports
A lack of infrastructure, aggravated by rain and strikes, has led to a queue of 126 vessels waiting to dock at the port of Paranaguá in Brazil, with each vessel losing approximately $40,000 per day.
The situation is a little better in Santos where, on average, 80 ships are awaiting berths. Here, also, strikes are preventing any movement of cargo from taking place.
However, the government blames many of the problems on heavy rainfall, rather than labour unrest.