Suzano receives specialized ship from Cosco Shipping to transport pulp from Sao Paulo to global destinations, mainly China; with capacity of 77,000 tons, 'Green Santos' is world's largest vessel in this category, lowering carbon/ton of pulp transported

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January 4, 2024 (press release) –

With a capacity of 77 thousand tons, the vessel is the largest in the world in this category 

Suzano, a global reference in the manufacture of bioproducts from eucalyptus cultivation, celebrates with Cosco Shipping Specialized Carriers the delivery of “Green Santos”, the name given to the first ship specifically designed by the Chinese company to serve Suzano . The vessel, launched on December 22nd, in the Port of Dalian, in the province of Liaoning, in China, has the capacity ( deadweight tonnage  – DWT, in its acronym in English) to transport 77 thousand tons and is the largest ship in this category all around the world. The vessel's greater capacity results in a lower carbon footprint per ton transported, making the model more environmentally friendly.  

From this semester onwards , “Green Santos” will play an important role in transporting Suzano's pulp from the Port of Santos, in the state of São Paulo, to various destinations around the world, mainly China. The vessel, part of a fleet of ships of similar size that should be delivered in 2024, was built to meet the expected increase in cellulose exports from the Suzano factory under construction in Ribas do Rio Pardo (MS). Known as the Cerrado Project, the unit will enter into operation by June 2024 and will have its production transported from the city on the coast of São Paulo, the first destination of “Green Santos”. 

Once started, the new industrial unit will be the largest single-line pulp mill in the world and will increase Suzano's production capacity by more than 20%, or 2.55 million tons per year. Furthermore, the unit will be self-sufficient in energy, with 100% of energy coming from renewable sources, and will export a surplus of 180 megawatts (MW) to the national energy system. 

''We are proud to witness the successful delivery of the first ship of this size and which will be operated by Suzano. This vessel allows us to meet the growing demand for sustainable cellulose-based products around the world”, says Suzano's commercial director in Asia, Jeff Yang. 

“The expansion of the partnership with Cosco Shipping reinforces our commitment to increasing productivity, the quality of service provided to our customers and sustainability, as the new ships will have greater pulp loading capacity and will allow optimization of maritime flow in our operations”, adds the director of Logistics and Commercial Planning at Suzano, Silvia Krueger Pela. 

Suzano and Cosco Shipping Corporation initially became partners in pulp transportation in 2017. Since then, the partnership has expanded both in volume and scope of service as Suzano's business has grown in China. In 2022, the companies signed a new long-term contract, which provides that Cosco Shipping will build a batch of new customized vessels for Suzano. 

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