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Operators squabble at Buenos Aires
The Argentinian government’s decision to unify the Port of Buenos Aires’ five box terminals under the single operator in 2019 has caused skirmishes to break out between some of the existing operators. DP World has made the first move. Its concession covering Terminales Río de la Plata (TRP) is due to expire next year, but the operator is reported to be threatening to pull out all together, blaming unfair competition. It accuses Maersk Line, Hamburg Süd and APM Terminals, which run Terminal 4, of “conduct and restrictive acts that are against competition”. Source: Port Strategy
Buenos Aires reduces costs for larger cruise ships visiting the port
Guillermo Dietrich, Argentina’s minister of transportation, has reduced the costs for large cruise ships that arrive at the Port of Buenos Aires with the aim of welcoming one million cruise guests to the country in 2018-2019. These reduced costs include a discount of US$1 in the port rate for each passenger for all cruises from the 2017-2018 cruise season, which was previously US$4. Dietrich visited the Crucero Benito Quinquela Martín terminal, in the Port of Buenos Aires, where he welcomed three ships carrying 12,000 tourists. During the 2018-2019 cruise season, MSC Cruises will change one of its ships, the 2,900-passenger MSC Musica, for the 4,000-passenger MSC Fantasia allowing a greater number of cruise guests to visit the port. This season, Argentina is predicted to receive approximately 490,000 cruise visitors, compared to 433,000 in 2016.
Buenos Aires to have two box terminals
The Port of Buenos Aires is planning to issue two tenders for new container terminals in the first few months of 2017 as a result of a major shake-up of the port’s installations. According to the head of the General Ports Administration, Gonzalo Mórtola, terminal 1 will require investment in the region of $350m, while terminal 2 needs $500m. The two terminals will replace three existing box terminals. At the same time, the national government is putting up for sale some key port land: the railway sidings at Empalme Norte (Retiro) and practically all of the customs warehouses adjacent to the container handling facilities in Puerto Nuevo, which will have to be moved because of work associated with Paseo del Bajo. Mr Mórtola stated that the port had “signed agreements with the ports of Barcelona and Rotterdam to validate the designs” of the two new terminals. Source: Port StrategyUpload News