Uruguay turns down dedicated MSC terminal

The original proposal was objected to by technicians, who found flaws in the way that vessel docking manoeuvres would be undertaken (image is for illustrative purposes only) Photo: Col André Kritzinger/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0 The original proposal was objected to by technicians, who found flaws in the way that vessel docking manoeuvres would be undertaken (image is for illustrative purposes only) Photo: Col André Kritzinger/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0
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Uruguay’s national ports administration Administración Nacional de Puertos (ANP) has said it is not viable to build a dedicated container terminal for MSC at the Port of Montevideo. This follows an analysis from a team of experts which has been ongoing since the middle of 2018.

The original proposal, which had been submitted by MSC’s terminal arm, Terminal Investment Limited, was objected to by technicians, who found flaws in the way that vessel docking manoeuvres would be undertaken. Vessels would have to reverse into a berth, requiring the use of three tugs. This was seen as expensive and a major limitation for surrounding development areas.

Concerns were also raised that the terminal did not take into account movements to and from Quay “C”, or to both its extension and the adjacent bulk terminal.

The report issued by the ANP therefore concluded: “It is not possible to move forward with the proposal in the terms proposed.”

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