Uruguay has began works in the extension of a pier in the port of Montevideo to cater the cruise industry which should be ready for the next season 2012/13 when the country will also become a hub for the exchange of passengers.
The renewed pier when finished will be 333 metres long, 34 metres wide and the access canal will be dredged to 14 metres. The infrastructure investment is estimated in 60 million dollars.
The contract for the works was signed last September and should be completed before the next cruise vessels begin arriving in early November.
This season several cruise companies used Montevideo as a port for the exchange of passengers given the good communications system and easy air connections from the international airport Carrasco, only 45 minutes from downtown.
Costa Cruises has confirmed that Montevideo will be the boarding port for ten calls of Costa Fortuna the next season. Over 200 calls of cruise vessels are expected in Uruguay, (Montevideo and Punta del Este) in the 2012/13 summer extending from November to April.
As to the current season Uruguayan tourism authorities will be giving the final evaluation following the departure of the last vessel to call in Montevideo on May 15: the Japanese flagged “Asuka II” which left Kobe last April 3 on a world tour that ends in Yokohama, 7 July 2012.
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Are the Argentines still refusing to handle British flagged vessels, if so, then it looks like Montevideo will benefit from it, or are the Uruguayans doing the same? can not recall.Apr 26th, 2012 - 12:19 pm 0
No - they only banned Falkland flagged vessels. The refusal in Argentina was even a breach/extension of their policy as they are only meant to refuse access to ships involved in the hydrocarbon extraction on the islands.Apr 26th, 2012 - 01:17 pm 0
CFK seems to have forgotten about them for now - YPF is this weeks cause celebre.
I believe yo are right boys, I've seen Brit cruises advertised that are going to both the Falklands and Argentina in the press this week.Apr 26th, 2012 - 07:46 pm 0
It does seem that they've stopped hating the cruise industry this week.
But I did hear a rumour that they were going to ban Marmite!