Yilport Holding has begun dredging operations at Puerto Bolivar in Ecuador as part of a string of investments to expand and improve marine terminals capabilities.
During the first phase of dredging, the access channel at the port will be dredged to a flat draft of -10 metres, whilst four piers of the terminal will be dredged to -12.5 metres.
A new 400-metre berth is also being constructed and will be dredged to 14.5 metres deep to accommodate for larger vessels.
Phase 1 the expansion is set to be completed in May 2018, allowing the second phase of dredging works to be started in the last quarter of 2018.
The second phase will further expand the access channel, dredging it to -14.5 metres.
Yilport took over operations at Puerto Bolivar in March 2017 and immediately began the $230 million first phase expansion — including the installation of two new mobile harbour cranes to help accommodate larger vessels.