By Jorge Barona
Posorja, Ecuador, March 14 (Andes).- Sitting by a wall, waiting for a client to come, is Vicente Quinde, few meters from the pier of this fishing port in Guayaquil, the country’s most populated city.
“This is how we get money for food, but we hope this situation gets better,” he says. He leads the Freight Transport Association. His boat is located near the pier and he offers trips to the area of the Gulf of Guayaquil where the attractions are located.
However, Quinde is optimist. He knows that the deep-water port will be built soon and this will mark a “before and after” for his village, abandoned by local authorities.
Despite urban development difficulties, commerce is intense in its powdery streets due to the presence of fishing industries located here as well as to the work of artisan fishermen and commerce exchange with nearby villages.
Posorja village, in Guayaquil.
Vinicio Alvarado, minister coordinator of Production, Employment and Competitiveness, indicates that the construction of a deep-water port is important news for Ecuador because it involves the country’s port development since this is a work with a 1,250 billion- dollar investment from Arab Emirates' DP World, a company recognized worldwide.
This work joins others such as the improvement and operation of Puerto Bolivar port (El Oro province) and Manta’ port (Manabi) which amount to about a 2,500 billion-dollar investment, in the framework of public-private alliances.
Roberto Dunn, representative of DP World in Ecuador, explains that the construction of the port will be done by stages. The first one with an investment of 550 million dollars would start next month and would last 22 months. It includes administrative areas, containers and a 400-meter pier.
A 22km road will additionally be built, connecting Posorja with Playas and the rest of the country, with an investment of 40 million dollars.
DP World is the third biggest company of this category and has 70 terminals in 31 countries. Photo: DP World
Its second stage involves the expansion of other 400 meters of pier and container areas with an investment of more than 350 million dollars, Dunn explains and adds that the depth of water will be 15,5 meters, adequate for the entrance of big ships known as post panama which do not come to Ecuador for the lack of a port with such dimensions.
“Because of its geographical location, this will be a strategic port in South America for being close to the Panama Canal,” Dunn says and indicated that DP World is interested in investing in Ecuador for the country’s development achieved in the last years.
He affirms that about 6,000 workers will be hired for the construction of the port terminal and 100% of the workforce will be Ecuadorian. The concession will be for 50 years, period in which the company will be in charge of the design, planning, finance, construction, equipment, operation and maintenance of it.
Walter Solis, minister of Transport and Public Works, considers that with this work, Ecuador is at the forefront of changes in ports.
“We are not behind in global changes, now the country will have the capacity to hold post panama ships in our ports,” the secretary of state told Andes and added that for 2016, Ecuador has private investment proposals for 7,000 billion dollars, from which 2,500 are for ports and 4,500 for roads.
Area where the new Posorja port will be built.