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Guayaquil Port to Increase Its Competitiveness

30.11.2018

The Puerto Maritimo of Guayaquil stands to benefit from the Ecuadorian Government’s milestone infrastructure project that will see the construction of the country’s longest bridge.

Spanning 44.20 kilometers in total, the southern viaduct project will directly link the port and the South side of Guayaquil to the province of El Oro, and the south of the country via a new road.

The project involves the construction of two important bridges: an 855-meter bridge over estero Cobina, which is near the port; and a 3.44-kilometer bridge over the Guayas River, which will be the longest bridge in Ecuador serving as entry point to Guayaquil.

More than 12 million tons of products pass through the Port of Guayaquil each year. The viaduct will cut travel distance to the southern banana growing region of El Oro, by as much as 60 to 100 kilometers, translating to around USD90 million reduction in transport costs.

In addition to this major landside infrastructure development, Contecon continues to advance its marine capabilities as well. In July, Contecon received the Government’s approval to handle larger vessels up to 305 meters LOA or 6,500 TEU, essentially becoming the only terminal in Guayaquil capable of berthing two post-Panamax vessels simultaneously.

Aside from benefitting the economy, the viaduct is also expected to minimize traffic congestion in the city by at least 45 percent.

The project, which will be a concession contract, is expected to be completed in 2021. The Ecuadorian Government launched the public tender for the construction last October 5, with the winning bidder to be announced early next year.

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