70 bulkers are waiting for sugar off the coast of Santos

Fears that the coronavirus outbreak in Brazil will paralyze the export of sugar have made dry bulk ship operators rush to send ships to major port Santos. Upwards of 70 ships are currently waiting by the port, according to data.

Photo: Fernando Donasci/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

As many as 70 dry bulk ships are currently waiting to be loaded with sugar in major Brazilian port Santos, reports news agency Reuters.

There are so many ships that it could take a full month before the last one of them can depart, and the shipping companies' rush to send them there are based on fears that the coronavirus outbreak will paralyze the country's sugar shipments. They are all vying to take on sugar before it is too late.

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