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DP World to invest $45m in Chile’s Puerto Lirquen

DP World Chile has announced it will invest $45m in Puerto Lirquen (PLQ) to consolidate the terminal as the largest multipurpose terminal in the Biobio region and the only one with three STS super post-panamax cranes.

The investment is the result of a complete revision of the operational design of the terminal aiming at increasing its productivity and capacity, with the purchase of three modern 22-row-super post-panamax (STS) cranes together with the purchase of reach stackers and port trucks. The introduction of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology will speed up the process and improve security of the terminal.

The new cranes should be operating by the last quarter of 2020.

“This investment confirms the decision of DP World to strengthen its commercial offer on the west coast of South America and be a strategic facilitator of long-term cargo for Chilean importers and exporters. The productivity in the docks of Puerto Lirquen will grow by 50%, which will imply increasing capacity of the terminal to attend the increase of future demand,” said Roberto Zilleruelo, DP World Chile general manager.

“It confirms DP World decision to accompany the future growth projected by our exporting and importing clients in the Biobio region.”