Brazil launches $233 million tender to dredge Santos Port

  • Multi-million dollar contract includes deepening of Santos’ navigational channel, harbour & berth access

The Brazilian government will launch a US$233 million tender this month for dredging works at the Port of Santos.

According to BNamericas, the tender will now combine the three separate dredging projects previously offered as a single contract and will include the dredging of the port’s navigational channel, berth access routes and the harbour. Original plans for dredging works in Santos was for one project to be contracted by Brazil’s specialised port department SEP and the other two by Codesp, the São Paulo state port authority.

The tender announcement, made by ports minister Antonio Henrique Silveira, coincided with the official opening of the port’s new container terminal Brasil Terminal Portuário (BTP), a new 1.2 million TEU capacity facility.

The Port of Santos, the busiest container port in South America, handled 3 million TEU during the 2012 calendar year.

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