International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) has announced the official opening of its new TecPlata facility in Argentina and the arrival of its first vessel – the Jacarandá of ocean carrier Log-In.
The TecPlata terminal – claimed by ICTSI as the most advanced of its kind in Argentina – is at Puerto de La Plata, around 60km from the Argentine capital Buenos Aires.
Operated by an ICTSI subsidiary of the same name, TecPlata has been opened after the completion of a US$450 million construction and installation project.
The new facility at Puerto de La Plata has an annual throughput capacity of 450,000 TEUs. while a planned second phase of development, if implemented, will enable the terminal to handle over one million TEU per year.
Bruno Porchietto, TecPlata CEO, said: “This is a first step for the company and we firmly believe it will pave the way for new agreements, with more operators to maximise our current installed capacity.”
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This week’s arrival of the Jacarandá, a 218m long vessel of 38,000 tonnes, is the first port-call of Log-In’s fortnightly operation at the TecPlata terminal.
Porchietto added: “This start to our operations was a long-awaited milestone. From here on, the TecPlata Terminal will stand apart for its efficiency, competitiveness and its transparency.”