Dutch harbour group Boskalis wins Brazilian port contract

1st August 2011, Comments 0 comments

Dutch harbour development group Boskalis Westminster said Monday it won a contract worth around 200 million euros ($289 dollars) to build a terminal at the southeastern Brazilian "superport" of Acu.

"Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. has won a contract for the construction of a new port terminal TX2 at Superporto do Acu," it said in a statement, released from its headquarters in Papendrecht in the Netherlands.

"Work on the project is expected to commence shortly and last for a total of two years," the company added, saying it included dredging an access and inner channel as well as land reclamation work for the construction of port facilities.

Under construction since 2007, Acu port should have some 17 kilometres (10 miles) of docks when finished, said Brazilian logistics group LLX, one of the companies taking part in the development.

The port and surrounding industrial complex will extend to over 90 square kilometres (36 square miles), roughly the same size as the Greek island of Mykonos. LLX said it was expected to become "one of the three largest port complexes in the world."

Boskalis has a fleet of more than 1,100 specialised vessels used for port development and maintenance. It employs some 14,000 people in 65 countries.

© 2011 AFP

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