Long-delayed work on widening the River Itajai’s turning basin has finally begun, a spokesperson for Portonave told CM.
The turning basin at the Port of Itajai will be widened so that vessels longer than 305 m can call at the port’s two terminals: Portonave-operated Navegantes and APMT Itajai.
Vessels of up to 336 m currently sail along the Brazilian coast and bigger ships are expected in the coming years.
The winner of the bidding process for the works was announced in early 2015 but independent consultant Robert Grantham told CM in September 2015 that the project was being held up by bureaucrats for no good reason.
This will help Itajai’s terminals compete with Itapoa, their rival for traffic to and from Brazil’s economic powerhouse in the south.