ECUADOR: Guayaquil ready for a deeper access channel
Dredging to the access channel to Guayaquil: Jan De Nul, the dredging company based in Luxembourg has received a contract to deepen and maintain the dredging of the 95 km access channel to the port of Guayaquil in Ecuador.
Jan De Nul will also remove the rock in the offshore section of the canal, the famous bottleneck known as ‘The Goals’, for which a large suction dredger will be mobilized with an offshore cutter.
The works are expected to be completed within the first year of the concession contract, these will allow the port terminals of Guayaquil “to compete with the most modern terminals along the Pacific coast of Latin America.”
The complete project includes the deepening of the existing access channel of 9.6 meters to a new depth, which will allow the ships to enter with draft of 12.5 meters during high tide. The three hopper dredgers and a cutter suction dredger will be in charge of the opening and maintenance work.
Jan De Nul will also install a vessel traffic service system, a traffic control and toll collection system, and will carry out the dredging of the River Canal section on the Guayas River.
After the deepening of the works, Jan De Nul will operate and maintain the channel under a concession contract based on 25-year performance.