The maritime authority, through the Captainship of the Port of Valparaíso, officially handed over to Terminal Cerros de Valparaíso (TCVAL) its authorization to use the Breakwater’s new infrastructure to berth longer cruise ships at Breakwater position 8.
The investment involved is close to one million USD, which TCVAL assigned in the second half of 2017, undertaking the challenge to increase the berthing capacity of position no. 8 in order to assist cruise ships up to 294 meters long.
Approval of the large vessel Maneuver Study is the only thing pending in order for the infrastructure to be fully operative. This will allow TCVAL to welcome more than 92% of all cruise ships berthing in the region.
Nevertheless, since yesterday ships up to 240 meters long are able to dock, given the Navy’s authorization, granted by the Captain of the Port of Valparaíso, CF Daniel González Salinas, who personally delivered the document at TCVAL’s offices.
“It is important for us to acknowledge well-executed and accurate technical work, involving various resources and persons who have made an effort to meet all safety standards and measures, set by us as a maritime authority. This is why I wanted to deliver this resolution in person”, stated the maritime authority of the Port of Valparaíso.
The works involved installing eight bitts, 100 tons each, and three bitts weighting 75 tons, using micropile foundations to reduce the worksite on the existing wharf. In addition, new triple barriers were installed and anti-caving concrete blocks were replaced to increase depth.
Terminal Cerros de Valparaíso has celebrated this valuable award, indicating that “the project is not only important for us, but is also essential in order to offer new services to cruise liners in the Port of Valparaíso, contributing to local tourism”.
Furthermore, since February this year, it has been approved by the Port Works Directorate (DOP) to use this new infrastructure.
Of interest is the fact that since January 2014 to date, the TCVAL Breakwater has witnessed the disembarkment of 31,000 tourists from a total of 54 cruise ships, of which 11 have docked this season. Four seasons have gone by with no incident arising with respect to the vessels, crew or tourists, offering services in line with sector needs.