Uruguay and Belgium agree on the expansion of Montevideo Port

Uruguayan Minister of Transport Víctor Rossi and the Belgian Vice Prime Minister Didier Reynders went ahead with the expansion of Pier C.

Victor Rossi, Uruguay’s minister of transport, and Didier Reynders signed the contract that outlines the expansion of Pier C of the Montevideo Port last week.

Construction will be taken on by a new consortium, formed by the Belgian Dredging International, French Soletanche Bachy France SAS and Uruguay’s own SACEEM. Their goal will be to add an additional 180 meters to a pier already 360 meters long.
Besides increasing the pier’s capacity, Mr. Rossi also argues that “it (the expansion) will allow the pier to operate at a significant depth”. What this means is that it will allow even larger ships to make use of the port without compromising their conditions.

Both Rossi and representatives of Dredging International agree that the expansion will generate considerable opportunities for Uruguay to generate new wealth, by attracting new and larger trade partners as well as becoming a sizable source of employment.

Additionally, meeting up with the Belgian government allowed Uruguay to review several investments and ventures coming from Belgian companies. Minister Rossi is particularly interested in meetings of this sort saying: “Uruguay’s relationship with the world is always an important topic when that relationship transcends protocol and expresses itself In different types of activities and businesses that generate economic results and opportunities for employment. That is the case now.”

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