In a bid to harbour international interest, Empresa Portuaria Iquique (EPI), Iquique’s port authority, has launched a tender for a series of expansion works to help serve the upcoming generation of new Panamax vessels expected at the Chilean port.
The tender includes the construction of a third berthing facility and/or the enhancement of the current quay, requiring an investment of up to $350 million.
In an event that gathered a number of executives and local authorities, Angel Cabrera, president of EPI, and Alfredo Leiton, Iquique’s general manager began the hunt for a new concessionaire.
Jorge Soria, mayor of Iquique, Luz Ebensperger, the regional government representative and Carlos Navarrete, the regional ministry secretary of transport and telecommunications, were amongst the list of prolific members of state that attended the event in celebration of the new bidding process.
“We are very excited about this process that we have just begun,” said Angel Cabrera, president of EPI.
“This is a great challenge and we are confident that it will be a successful venture. We have worked a lot these past four years to project this port into the future and we know that this tender will contribute to the development of the entire region.”
The tender had its first open call on Sunday March 9th, with the hope that a new concessionaire will bring both added growth and new work opportunities.
“Port Iquique has characteristics that make it unique,” added Alfredo Leiton.
“Aside from being in a natural island, that allows continuous growth within the port facility, we have managed to transform into the point of entry and exit of the cargo that comes from the Andean macro-region, an area that gathers South America’s main producers with the Asia Pacific markets.”