The Project

The project involves expanding the port at Terminal 2 in Valparaíso, by constructing a new wharf with a berthing line 785 meters long, which will accommodate two new points 9 and 10. The project will run from the northeastern corner of the Breakwater to Edwards st, southbound. Furthermore, 185 m into the sea will be gained, generating a platform of approximately 12.5 hectares, for cargo transfers.
The TCVAL project is part of public port policies and is covered by the 2013 National Ports Plan, led by the State of Chile, seeking to update the country’s port infrastructure. In this way, the staggering evolution in container ships worldwide is given a solution, to include the new Panama Canal and Chile’s increasing foreign trade. Ultimately, the project will restore Chile’s competitive position required for today’s international maritime trade. In this scenario, TCVAL was awarded the international tender and subsequent delivery of Terminal 2, to execute one of the largest port infrastructure development projects nationwide and internationally, which will reposition Valparaíso amongst the world’s sea routes.
To develop the Port of Valparaíso, improving its infrastructure to receive large vessels which, currently, cannot berth in Chile. This will allow us to double container transfer capacity and make the Port more competitive over other ports of the Pacific Coast.
The object of the TCVAL project is to expand the town’s economic potential, associated to its port activity, both by backing up its economy and local employment; this is based on productive chains associated to port operations, such as the many small entrepreneurs working behind the long logistic chain to transport and deliver load, inside Chile and its neighboring countries. Furthermore, new direct jobs are created, as it increases the need for qualified staff to cover greater transfer capacity, representing new employment opportunities for the local population.
According to the economic impact study drawn up by the Adolfo Ibáñez University, the TCVAL project will increase the region’s annual GDP by US$101 million and Valparaíso’s by US$ 43 million.
TCVAL is the first to consider environmental responsibility as one of its cornerstones for sustainability and commitment to the local community. With this is mind, it has voluntarily assigned, further to its Concession Contract, UF 4,400/year for the 30-year concession term. This investment will be used to finance and develop social projects directly benefiting the town in terms of education, art and culture, the environment, heritage and tourism.


No. UNESCO has recognized port activity as the driving force and main value that led to and laid down the grounds of its World Heritage Declaration. This document indicates that “Valparaíso is an exceptional example of the early globalization stage from the late XIX century, until it became a leading merchant port for Pacific Ocean sea routes in South America”. Of interest is the fact that the port’s Nomination describes the process carried out by the State of Chile before UNESCO to nominate and subsequently ratify Valparaíso as a World Heritage Site, containing a description of the property and justification for inscription, its legal status and, specifically, point 4 of the Nomination describes the way and plan in which the Site will be administered and describes, amongst other issues, measures to protect the Site and its sources of funds. Section F describes the plans agreed and nationalized for the property, i.e. planning instruments, a project to improve traffic management in the Valparaíso plan and a plan for the coastline's urban transformation; the latter defines coastline zoning, expressly establishing limits in Zone 3, ranging from Edwards street to Molo de Abrigo, defined as an area for strict port use. This allows us to officially confirm that: 1) TCVAL’s project is located inside a port-only area, 2) this has been ratified by the Regional Regulating Plan, and 3) nomination of the Property considered and incorporated, in the formal background facts forwarded to UNESCO, that a port expansion project existed; this allows us to affirm that the Site’s declaration is NOT endangered, as the project was included in the nomination procedure.
The entire length of Valparaíso’s coastline has a large amount of shipwrecked remains, scattered along the entire bay, of different source and archaeological value. In order to execute this project, TCVAL is permanently liaising with the National Monuments Council (CMN) in order to launch an Archaeological Management Plan allowing it to recover and enhance any items of artistic value, in order for these pieces to be on display for the port’s local population and any national and international tourists visiting Valparaíso. Consequently, we may affirm that the project has a “positive” impact on sunken heritage, given that items of historic value are enhanced, following their recovery and display, which would otherwise remain a mystery.


At present, port activity welcomes arriving cruiseships, a huge tourist asset visually speaking. Cruiseship passengers also greatly contribute to increase Valparaíso’s tourist activity. The Adolfo Ibáñez University completed a study indicating that port activity will stimulate shops, hotels and restaurants. As the project will contribute new berthing points, able to welcome new and larger cruiseships, this will help include Valparaíso amongst the world’s tourist cruiseship routes.
Today, Valparaíso is only able to receive one Super Class (4 thousand passengers) cruiseship at the same time. With the new T2, our port may simultaneously accommodate two more ships, i.e. 12 thousand passengers at once. Thus, Valparaíso will consolidate its position as a leading entry door for the cruise business in Chile. If presently, on average, 70 thousand visitors arrive each season, from now on until 2019 we could increase the rate to more than 150 thousand cruiseship tourists thanks to the new Terminal.

No. The project is located approximately 200 m away from the east coast of Muelle Prat, measured from the eastern corner of the current Breakwater, where points 6, 7 and 8 are currently operating. The new project contemplates the construction of two new points 9 and 10 towards the Edwards st. sector. Furthermore, a Safe Road Traffic Management Plan is foreseen to facilitate pedestrian access to Muelle Prat when trucks are passing through; this includes the installation of road management works in the sector.

Valparaíso’s amphitheater landscape view covers Valparaíso’s 43 hills and the overall view offered. An infrastructure will be built along the coastline that currently does not exist, the main purpose of which is to integrate the coast into the town’s limits. This infrastructure will allow access to the coastline whilst providing passers-by with a privileged view from a height of the port’s activity and the infinite horizon of the Pacific Ocean. It is important to note that the project will be built in a traditional port area, following a customary tradition in any port town: to grow outwards towards the sea. Valparaíso’s governing metropolitan plan (PREMVAL), jointly carried out by various institutions, groupings and citizens over nearly 16 years, defined this area as an area for exclusive port development. Furthermore, load transfer is dynamic and variable in terms of the number of containers entering and leaving the port each day, which is why this wall is not a sure thing.

Pedestrians currently walking along the coastline do not have an open view of the sea, except for the Muelle Prat area. This is because the sector between the northeastern corner of the Breakwater in Terminal 2 and Edwards street (southbound), is the port area where containers have always been stored, as well as general cargo and equipment.

Construction and operation

Noise levels will fulfill the standards foreseen in current regulations associated to D.S. No. 38/2012, passing the Rule on the Emission of Disturbing Noise Generated by Specific Sources, based on updated D.S. No. 146/97, passed by the Ministry/General Secretariat of the Presidency.
No. What characterizes this specific project is that during construction of the works and over the next 30 years, points 6, 7 and 8 in the Breakwater will continue their regular operations.

No. In order to avoid a potential impact on marine surroundings and resources, the coarse sand dredging area in the Yolanda sector was reduced and the dumpsite changed, for material extracted from marine sludge. This sediment will be spilled way out at sea, at a specific point far removed from the area reserved for traditional fishing (ARPA) and outside the limits of extractive activity, thus avoiding any impact on hydrobiological and fishing resources.