Port of Nueva Palmira: Physical Infrastructure
It comprises the port administered by the National Ports Administration (ANP), the CORPORACION NAVIOS S.A. terminal and adjacent private port downstream, and the FRIGOFRUT facilities to the north, both operating under the same system as the NUEVA PALMIRA FREE ZONE.
The Development Master Plan includes the extension of the South Dock of the Official Port, the construction of a new dock and a maneuvering area to increase its handling capacity.
The port area has silos for agricultural bulk storage with a total capacity of around 72,000 tonnes, managed by the TERMINALES GRANELERAS URUGUAYAS S.A. (TGU) consortium. Its equipment includes a grain loader and a conveyor belt connecting the berths to the north with the silos.
TRAFFIC - SERVICES
The products currently handled that will increase in the near future are the following:
* Citrus fruits
* Dry bulks
* Wood and wood products
* Goods in transit
Besides being located at Km 0 of the Paraná-Paraguay Waterway, Nueva Palmira has a free zone and river accessibility from the River Plate through the Martín García Channel, which makes it a gateway to the heart of the South American continent.
Moreover, it has the advantage of territorially coexisting with the Atlantic-Pacific corridors that link ports of the South American coasts.
INFRASTRUCTURE - WORKS
The following infrastructure works are currently in progress to improve the service:
*Project No. 4 – Port of Nueva Palmira, downstream dock and barge dock.
*T-shaped dock of 320 meters of length
*Exterior depth 32”
*Interior depth 5.0 meters
*Grain conveyor belt
*Silos for grain storage with a capacity of 72.000 tonnes
*Access from the River Plate through the Martín García Channel with a depth of 32”
*Automated environmental control for the storage of bulk cereals
*Strategic location at the Paraná-Paraguay Waterway
The Port of Nueva Palmira is located at the place historically known as Puerto Higueras, which played a relevant role in the history of our country.
Since the end of the 19th century and during the 20th century, it has undergone several consecutive transformations, specially the construction of silos for grain storage and the installation of conveyor belts for handling grain more efficiently.
Recently, operational tests have been carried out for other kinds of cargo such as the containerized one.
Being located at a strategic point for the efficient development of cargo transfer operations for river vessels and ocean-going vessels, this port has become a milestone for the projection of the Paraná-Paraguay Waterway.