Compañía Sud Americana de Dragados, key to revitalizing the 2023 cruise season in Buenos Aires

Its Ortelius environmental dredger has completed dredging duties in the port of Buenos Aires, at the request of the General Administration of Ports (AGP), ensuring navigability for large cruise ships promoting international tourism in Argentina.

26 Feb 2023 10.21

Buenos Aires is experiencing a historic cruise season, regaining pre-pandemic levels and expected to surpass the 2019 record. In this context, South American Dragados Company A local subsidiary of Jan de Nul Group– It deployed its technical capabilities and modern ships to carry out works Dredging and maintenance Necessary to ensure the navigability and operation of the Port of Buenos Aires.

The company, which has contracted with AGP, this week completed adjustment tasks in the passage channel and circulation circuit of the Port of Buenos Aires, where it is estimated that nearly 1 million cubic meters of material has been extracted. The work was carried out by the main excavator artheliosEquipped with an ultra-low emission control system, called ULEv (Ultra Low Emission Vehicle), making it an environmentally friendly dredger.”

Ortelius is 111.7 meters long and 24.6 meters wide. It has a capacity of 6,000 cubic metres, works as a suction hopper dredger and can dredge to a maximum depth of 35 metres. Recently built to EU Stage 5 requirements and International Maritime Organization (IMO) Level 3 standards, this vessel is powered by diesel-electric engines and features a two-stage catalytic filtration system, which makes NOx harmless and with a soot filter that blocks the finest particles.

Dredger Ortelius and a cruise cruise next to the Buenos Aires port.

According to the report provided by the city’s tourism authority, the cruise season in Buenos Aires has begun to regain pre-pandemic activity levels and is expected to surpass the 2019 record. More than 120 cruises are expected, packing more than 350,000 passengers, an improvement over the 2018-19 season.when 8% fewer ships are called.

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The season starts in October and lasts until April. More than 70% of the expected passengers are foreigners, mainly from Brazil, the United States, Canada and Europe. The daily cost per passenger is estimated at $90.6, which is an important injection of foreign currency into the local economy. In addition, thanks to the dredging work of the Compaña Sud Americana de Dragados this year, larger vessels are arriving: 47% of the calls will be from cruise ships carrying more than 3,000 passengers. In relation to the 2019-20 season, large vessel orders will increase by 9% in 2022-23.

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Thus, the tourism sector has shown a sustainable recovery in Buenos Aires, and ports and cruise ships are one of the main gateways for foreign tourists leaving foreign currency, which boosts the national economy.

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Likewise, the port of Buenos Aires is a strategic point for the country, with the opportunity to expand and continue to grow, strengthening ports and maritime activity, which is one of the keys to development and production in Argentina, and for this purpose, Compaa Sud Americana de Dragados – with the support of the Jean de Nul Group – positions itself as a strategic ally To continue to improve logistics, ensuring mobility and connectivity between the country and the world.

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