Carlos Manterola, vice president of Chile’s National Association of Shipping Agents (Asonave), says that while the organisation is not against the construction of a major new deep water port, “now is not the moment” to make the necessary level of investment. Instead, he would like to see the resources spent on providing a 3.9 kilometre breakwater for the Outer Harbour project at San Antonio.
Chile’s president, Michelle Bachelet, has announced that the country’s proposed new mega-port will definitely be built at San Antonio, on the southern coast of the Valparaíso Region.
Chile’s Minister of Transport and Telecommunications, Paola Tapia, has said that the government should have reach a conclusion on a new mega port hub to serve the country’s central region by March 11.
Valparaíso Port Company (EPV) will shortly commence studies for a new deep water port at La Ligua.
Chile’s so-called ‘Short law on ports’ could cut productivity by around 20%, according to Francesco Schiaffino, general manager of Valparaiso box handling facility Terminal Pacífico Sur (TPS).
Port workers in Chile are once again threatening to go back out on strike, citing the non-payment of agreed bonuses as the reason.
The national director of public works at the Chilean Ministry of Public Works, Ricardo Tejada, has revealed that traffic growth at domestic ports is increasing by 8%-12% annually.
The Spanish construction group OHL has put forward the most competitive bid in the tender to build and operate Terminal 2 at the Chilean port of Valparaiso.
Competition authorities in Chile have given the go-ahead for incumbent operators in the country's V region to bid for the concession to operate the new Terminal 2 at the port of Valparaiso.
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