Criticised San Antonio development to facilitate growth
A controversial new USD3.3bn outer port at Chile’s Port of San Antonio will be financed through port tariffs.
With an annual throughput capacity of 6m teus, the outer port is anticipated to allow the country to meet the growing demand for maritime and port services, but critics have previously said the facility is not needed, citing economic downturn as a risk.
José Luis Mardones, chairman of the Port of San Antonio’s board, said the port “will bring enormous benefits for the country. The development of higher-capacity port installations is essential to access economies of scale and achieve higher levels of efficiency in imports and exports.”
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has already announced the outer port, which will see a total investment of USD3.3bn, will be constructed to the south of San Antonio’s current port facilities.
Construction will be phased in line with increases in demand and is expected to begin in 2020.
The outer port will have two quays of 1,730m each, offering the ability to receive up to 8 E class vessels (397m in length) simultaneously. Each terminal will have a support area of 96 hectares for handling containers.
A 3,900m long breakwater will be constructed to protect the new quays and inner navigation areas by guaranteeing the entry and departure of ships in adverse conditions.
Spanish engineering firm SENER will undertake the design of the breakwater, as well as the physical modelling of the outer port, which has already involved HR Wallingford.
A new four-lane road access has been designed that will connect the two outer port terminals with the current port access route, which will be extended from four to six lanes.
Rail access from Santiago will be provided via the existing route to Llolleo station in San Antonio. Here, a depot will be provided with four railroads. From this point, two new railways will be constructed to connect to the outer port. This is anticipated to enable up to 40% of the port’s total cargo to be handled by train.
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