Operations at a Bunge facility in Argentina’s Up River hub have been suspended following an accident, AgriCensus reported from multiple trade sources.
A silo at the facility – believed to be the Puerto General San Martin (PGSM) industrial complex – collapsed on 2 August leading to fears of injuries among workers, according to the report.
Maritime sources reportedly said the accident had not affected berths or loading operations at the facility, but the terminal had been shut down.
The Pampa and Dempa terminals that make up part of the complex had been affected, the report quoted other sources as saying.
Missouri-headquartered Bunge had been contacted for comment by AgriCensus but no reply had been received at the time of publication, the news agency said.
The facility is a crushing plant, port terminal, and storage plant handling grains, meals and oils, according to the Bunge Argentina website, AgriCensus said.
At full capacity, the crusher could handle 8,000 tonnes/day of soyabeans, and offered 530,000 tonnes of storage, split between 370,000 tonnes of grains and 160,000 tonnes of by-products, the report said.
The facility could also store 48,000 tonnes of soya oil and had a 500 tonnes/day soyabean refining capacity, while its two berths had a loading capacity of 3,000 tonnes/hour, AgriCensus wrote.
Argentina's Up River hub was home to a significant portion of the country's oilseed crushing and export capacity, according to the report.