The work will allow ships with cargo capacity to enter between 8,000 and 15,000 teus. The construction will generate 2,500 jobs for the communities surrounding the port. With an investment of more than $ 100 million, the DP World Company began on Friday, July 6, the construction of the access channel to the Port of Deep Waters of Posorja, which will be 16.5 m deep and 175 m wide.
The Minister of Transport and Public Works, Boris Palacios, signed the authorization for the dredging works. The delivery time is approximately 12 months. Jorge Velásquez, general manager of DP World Posorja, said that the dredging work of 21 nautical miles is in charge of the Belgian company Flanders Dredging Corporation and is carried out with three dredgers (two suction and one cutter).
One of the objectives of the company is that ships with greater cargo capacity arrive at the port, that is to say between 8,000 and 15,000 teus (750,000 teus per year). The first operation would be carried out in July 2019, Velasquez added. At present, the works of the Port of Posorja, in which $ 1.2 billion are invested, have advanced 37%; they include the 20 km road, terminal, dredging and logistics park.
In June 2016, the National Government delivered to DP World the concession of the port terminal of Posorja for 50 years, through a public-private partnership. The project aims to hire around 2,500 workers for all phases of construction.
For Minister Palacios, the terminal, once operational, will position the country at the national and international vanguard of the port sector. The Secretary of State said that the new port facilities will improve the operability and interconnection of the country with the world. “A port with these characteristics does not only generate investment, infrastructure; also improvements in the quality of life, opportunities, work and progress “. Jorge Banchón, president of the Parish Council of Posorja, said that the construction of the Deepwater Port benefits the town with the generation of jobs in favor of the community and sectors such as Morro, Cerecita, Playas, Data, among others.
He stated that there is a commitment from DP World to carry out a series of works of social interest in the parish, as compensation for the construction of the Deepwater Port. “We need a care center for people with disabilities, another for the elderly, training for women entrepreneurs, welders, masons and others,” said Banchón.
In addition, the leader commented that a group of 50 young people is trained by the Parochial Board so that in December of this year or January of 2019 they work on the construction of the port. (I)