Chilean Port’s New Berths Move Forward

 14 Nov 2017 11.15am

Puerto Coquimbo Terminal (TPC) has detailed plans for the the construction and operation of a new multipurpose dock, according to Mundo Maritimo.

It has submitted the plans in an Environmental Impact Study (EIA) to the Environmental Impact Assessment System (SEIA), detailing the Port of Coquimbo modernization project.

Coquimbo port through the modernization project aims to increase its competitiveness.

Construction on berthing sites No 3 and No 4 would allow the Port to serve ships of up to 366 meters in length.

The EIA also indicates that the construction of the project would take 54 months, initiating works after obtaining the Environmental Qualification Resolution (RCA).

Coquimbo port's new multipurpose dock would consist of an access bridge and the opening of two new berthing sites, No 3 and No 4.

The general objective of the project is to repower, modernize and increase the transfer capacity of the Puerto Coquimbo Terminal by allowing admission of larger vessels and container operations.

According to another EIA submitted in 2015 for berthing site No 3, the main objective for that berth was to allow the shipment and transfer of mineral bulk alongside the construction of a new bulk storage warehouse.

General Manager of TPC, Gonzalo Fuentes, said: "We have worked hard in the design of a modernization project that allows the promotion of the regional economy, boosting all activities related to the port industry, giving a greater focus to cargo transfers and injecting resources to achieve sustainable growth in the region.

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“The Multipurpose Dock will have a total length of 740 meters and covers an area of ​​approximately 1.7 hectares.

“In addition, it contemplates the authorization of a transit area of ​​1.4 hectares for the circulation of port equipment and the structural repair of existing Docking Sites No. 1 and No. 2.

“This new infrastructure will have an approximate useful life of 50 years.”

General Manager of Puerto Coquimbo, Claudio Ormeño, said: "The modernization of the port, and the new future challenges that we will work with TPC in the cargo transfer sector of Puerto Coquimbo, are part of our mission of ensure the sustainable development of the port city, supporting the economic, social and urban environmental growth of the Coquimbo Region.

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