Port of Fray Bentos: Physical Infrastructure
GENERAL INFORMATION AND LOCATION
The Port of Fray Bentos is located in the city of the same name, on the left bank of the Uruguay River, 317 km away from Montevideo.
The distance to Nueva Palmira is 92 km (Km 0 of the Paraguay-Paraná Waterway) and to Montevideo 385 km via the Martin Garcia Channel or 560 km via the Mitre Channel.
Its excellent geographical location is further enhanced by its road accessibility. Road access is possible via Route 2, to the south of the country, which in turn connects to Route 24. The latter connects to Route 20 and 25, which are the backbone of the wood industry transport.
Two railway branches, which cross the forestry areas, reach the end of both docks.
The aerodrome is 14 km away from the port. The port also has regular services for road transport of passengers.
The port is near the Fray Bentos-Puerto Unzué international bridge, which is the shortest connection between Montevideo and Buenos Aires and facilitates the cargo interconnections between Uruguay and the agricultural and industrial area of the Argentine coast, Chile to the west and Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil to the east.
The Port of Fray Bentos is integrated into the fertile agricultural and cattle raising area in the Uruguayan west coast and has an efficient system of grain conveyor belts with a loading capacity of 500 t/h and an unloading capacity of 120 t/h.
It has two concrete shipping docks: the transatlantic or overseas dock, which is 200 meters long and 34 meters wide, and the cabotage or linking dock, which is 225 meters long and 22 meters wide, both firmly built on a foundation of cylindrical piles, lying at a 45° angle to the river. Thanks to the large size of said docks, it is possible to operate easily and quickly.
The depth of the port is approximately 9 meters alongside the overseas dock and 7 meters alongside the river dock.
The port is located at the centre of the coastal region where the soil is classified as 'forestry priority', as set forth in the Forestry Plan. The main products handled in the port are citrus fruits, round timber and grains (barley and corn). The transatlantic dock is used for citrus fruits and timber and the cabotage or linking dock for grains and citrus fruits.
The facilities of the Terminal Granelera del Uruguay (TGU) are located within the port area and have a static capacity of 20,000 tonnes. There are also almost 40,000 square meters for storing goods.