Colombia inks concession contract for Puerto Antioquia

The Colombian government has signed a 30-year-concession-contract for the construction of the long-awaited new port on the Caribbean Sea, in Turbo, in the department of Antioquia.

The $300m-terminal will have a capacity for 6.6m tonnes of cargo and will receive container Post-panamax vessels of up 366 m in length.  

The concessionaire Sociedad Puerto Bahia Colombia of Uraba’s president Oscar Isaza Benjumea said that the Ports, Investments and Works SAS (PIO SAS) company will be in charge of its development in partnership with the French shipping company CMA CGM.

The terminal will be built by a consortium made up of Eiffage Infraestructuras from France and Coimdustrial Thermotécnica de Colombia. 


Puerto Antioquia will feature a dock with five berths, a depth of 14.5 m and a double carriageway viaduct for the transit of trucks between the platform and the port on land, which allows the passage of up to eight heavy transport vehicles. 

Puerto Antioquia is expected to start operations in the second half of 2020.

The terminal in Turbo, will benefit the Uraba agro-industrial sub-region, considered a strategic zone due to its geographical position, near the border with Panama. The Uraba region is one of the main producers of bananas, other fruits and cereals.

The port, which will be located in the sector known as Bahía Colombia, on the banks of the Leon River, an arm of the mighty Atrato, will be connected to the rest of the country by the Mar 1 and Mar 2 highways.

Posted 27 March 2019

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