Port of Montevideo Expanding To Meet Global Demand

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Puerto de Montevideo

Montevideo is now receiving giant cargo ships like the OOCL’s Qingdao. (Photo: vesseltracker.com)

The Port of Montevideo is expanding and modernizing in order to meet the rising tide of cargo ships using Uruguay’s main durable goods port as a regional hub for the Southern Cone of South America.

Just as the country’s main grain port at Nueva Palmira is expanding, the Port of Montevideo is adding a new 4oo-meter dock to accommodate giant vessels like Orient Overseas Container Line’s Qingdao. Upon completion early next year, the Port of Montevideo will have over 4,500 meters of dock space for foreign vessels.

In addition to more docking real estate, the Port just embarked on a logistics upgrade. Last month, Spain’s Valenciaport won a US$160,000 bid to modernize all cargo control and transfer systems in the Port of Montevideo.

The Qingdao’s arrival this week was trumpeted the National Director of Ports as Uruguay’s “successful insertion along the line of connectivity between China and the rest of the world.” While in Montevideo, the 322-meter Qingdao unloaded 921 full containers and loaded 1,072 mostly empty containers.

So far this year, the Port of Montevideo has moved 193,000 containers and over 3 million tons of merchandise, according to BAE Negocios. (Full Story in Spanish)

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