Port community support Navelena contract

Investments in: Sociedad Portuaria of Cartagena 2016

Investments Contecar 2016

The plan to improve the way in the port of Buenaventura.

Dimar starts inspections to beaches due to peak season.

Investments for 92.7 million dollars in Terminal Compas Cartagena.

Aguadulce port, in Buenaventura, will begin operating in October

Port community support Navelena contract

They say that work has allowed an increase in the movement of hydrocarbons by the Magdalena.

The Atlantic Ports Association (Asoportuaria) is one of the guilds of the city that adds to the voices of support asking not declare the expiration of the contract signing Navelena running to improve navigability of the Magdalena River.

Despite the controversy that exists around the failure of the consortium to ensure the financial closure of the contract, term expired on June 11, Asoportuaria suggests wait for the due process established compliance, noting that still have not been up 30 calendar days for delivery of the additional documentation required by Cormagdalena.

"Given the complexity of the project and the contract as such, it was possible that we might have to face a situation like this, because no foreseeable external circumstances. However, we remain positive and hope that Navelena meets the requirements in the stipulated time, "said René Puche Restrepo, president of the Board of Asoportuaria.

According to unionization, thanks to the work that has so far executed Navelena to improve the navigability of the river, growth of freight movement is reported, especially in hydrocarbon sector during the period January to May 2016 mobilized 662. 455 tons in contrast to the accumulated during the same period in 2015, 559,509 tons.

Thanks to this contract we achieved cope efficiently one of the worst El Niño in the country's history, because in the most critical moments they could bring dredges necessary to deepen the access channel ensuring the competitiveness of the area port of Barranquilla, “pointed Puche.

The mayor of Barranquilla, Alejandro Char, and Governor of the Atlantic, Eduardo Verano, are other voices calling for the Government find solutions that do not allow the expiration of the contract, fearing that the risk of losing the availability of those resources run.

Investments in: Sociedad Portuaria of Cartagena 2016

With an annual capacity of 1.5 million TEUs, the SPRC continues to make progress in implementing the master development to date accumulated investments in the order of $ 250 million plan, executed through 2,500 contracts involving 3,700 suppliers and contractors.

In this 2016 investments are made by additional USD 30 million to carry the depth of the maneuvering area 15.5 meters and prepare the docks for mooring boats over 10,000 TEUs. The acquisition of gantry cranes is also contemplated to complete a total of 8, so that the operation of the terminal capacity will be 2 million TEUs annually.


Investments Contecar 2016

Since its acquisition in 2005, Contecar has been transformed from a small terminal with an operation of 100,000 TEUs per year to a modern terminal of 2.2 million TEUs in 2015, becoming the largest capacity and equipment of Colombia.

In 2016 they will be invested around USD 105 M to enable a capacity of 3 million TEUs. 4 gantry cranes last generation that will arrive in mid-2017 for a total of 13 cranes will be purchased. 5.8 Ha for storing containers will be paved and will finally begin construction of a distribution center for refrigerated cargo.

The plan to improve the way in the port of Buenaventura.

Will be performed a maintenance, improvement and deepening of the area that allows the entry. To the bay of Buenaventura enters mega-ships that load 3,500 containers and are passing through the new Panama Canal locks.How these large ships need spacious to navigate safely and it is expected that many of them pass through the bay, a new plan maintenance, improvement and deepening of the access channel to the ports of this area of the country is planned.

The director of the National Institute of roads (Invías), Carlos Alberto García, explained that studies are being completed and designs that work will form the basis for deepening of the access channel to the ports of Buenaventura and to process the respective environmental license. This study consulting costs 4,800 million pesos and must be delivered at the end of the month.The high costs of the project, close to 289 million dollars (about 867,000 million pesos) was divided into two phases of execution.

Will in the first stage, costing 39 million dollars (about 117,000 million pesos) channel maintenance, which requires periodic dredging by the high sedimentation of access, and improved the 'curves', so that large ships to maneuver more safely.A portion of these funds are financed by the Invías and the other port companies operating in the bay.

According to Garcia, the aim is to get the tender for the maintenance dredging by September.The second stage, worth about 250 million dollars (750,000 million pesos), includes works deepening and widening: the depth of the channel in the inner bay would increase from 12.50 to 16.60 meters; the width at the surface would rise from 235 to 260 m. And the depth in the outer bay would take 13.5 to 17.6 meters and width from 281 to 306 meters.

"These are investments with a horizon in the channel operations for a period of 10 years," concluded García.

In the Bay of Buenaventura next plan is to improve the 'curves' in the access channel to better navigate the mega-ships.

Dimar starts inspections to beaches due to peak season.

The General Maritime Directorate, through the Harbormaster of Santa Marta, began the campaign of inspection and surveillance of the peak holiday season, scheduled for June and July.

That is why, during this holiday season, the Harbormaster of Santa Marta will mobilize personnel and technological equipment to the different areas and beaches, to strengthen control and maritime safety during the days of greater influx of visitors, working together with all authorities, service companies, associations and cooperatives in order to preserve human life at sea.

Among the activities held by the captaincy in the high season, is verifying compliance with the maritime safety standards and providing information to tourists about the use of safety equipment for water sports and use of boats to be transported to beaches like Neguanje, Playa Grande, Playa Blanca, among others.

Similarly Dimar, has effect proper control to companies providing tourist services so that they meet the standards of the Merchant Marine, as the good condition of the ships and the use of safety equipment for passengers, taking into account the high influx of tourists for the season.

In the work of monitoring the captaincy, Coast Guard and National Police will remain with its officials to monitor daily the beaches to prevent irregularities occur and impose if the respective penalties for those who fail to comply with the regulations of beaches is necessary and thus have effective control in beaches of Santa Marta and can address any type of emergency and / or offense that arises.

As part of the recommendations to tourists, the Port Authority stresses to visit the beaches that should be reported with the various authorities about the regulations that is imposed on the beaches, the permitted times for both the bathroom and navigation and acquire all the tickets for maritime transport by boat in the offices enabled found in The South Rodadero, North Rodadero, Bello Horizonte and Taganga and avoid the maximum use intermediaries.

With the work of control and surveillance, Dimar, Coast Guard and National Police expect tourists to enjoy the beaches without any setbacks, with effective control on the beaches and shipping companies and pleasure, to be meets the regulations governing the use of beaches.

The Port Authority takes control and verification of compliance with the rules and conditions maritime safety.

Harbormaster has to make proper control companies providing tourist services so that they meet the standards of the Merchant Marine.


Investments for 92.7 million dollars in Terminal Compas Cartagena.

Cartagena port infrastructure continues in expansion.

Associated Ports Company S.A. (Compas) confirmed the expansion of its terminal in Cartagena (Old quays El Bosque), with an investment of 92.7 million dollars.

The investments are part of an expansion plan and technological modernization of Terminal Compas Cartagena to be held in the period 2016-2020.

Alberto Jiménez, president of Compas, said that "82% of the resources will be allocated to civil works, and the remaining 18% to the purchase of modern port equipment, among them, two gantry cranes”.

“The plan contemplates the extension, expansion and strengthening of the existing pier, as well as the filling and consolidation of certain areas within the terminal to have new storage yards. Finally, the access channel will be dredged to achieve depth of 13 meters, suitable for the type of ships that we hope to attend”, Jiménez added.

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The existing pier today at the Terminal Compas Cartagena has an area of 660 meters and the new investment will add 110 meters. "This allows us on the one hand, attend larger ships, Sammax type (for up to 8,000 containers), and on the other, have a sufficient bearing capacity for gantry cranes," said the same source.

The current pier has 4 berth positions and with enlargement are completed 5, although in practice, the number of ships that can be attend largely depends on the size of the vessels calling at the terminal.

Jiménez explained that “In Compas, we have been preparing to be in line with the country's development and the changing market conditions, this imposes new dynamics in the port industry and of course, we are not strangers to these. The agreement that we signed with APM Terminals to jointly operate the terminal Compas Cartagena, requires no doubt, an important investment that allows us to strengthen in the market for container and general cargo ".

Aguadulce port, in Buenaventura, will begin operating in October

The idea raised in 1993 to build a port on the Pacific specialized for containers will come true 20 years later, with new designs and more services. This is what will happen in October this year, when it is expected to be operational Aguadulce Industrial Port (Spia S. A.), which also work on the peninsula that has the same name, in the Bay of Buenaventura.

This terminal will have an area of 128 hectares. But at first only one-third will be built. It will move not only containers but also bulk cargo such as coal and sugar.

The investors of the port are International Container Terminal Services (From the Philippines) and PSA (The World’s Port of Call), one of the major terminal operators in the world, and they have provided around 508 million dollars to finance the first phase of the works of this place.

In this first stage will start with 600 meters of quay and a capacity to store and move logistically 600.000 containers (TEUs) per year.