Brazil: Chinese dredger operates in port of Açu in Rio de Janeiro

18 June 2008

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 18 June – A Chinese dredger from the Shanghai Dredging Company is increasing the depth of the navigation channels in the Port of Açu in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, according to China Radio International.

The port of Açu is used by Brazilian mining company MMX Mineração e Metálicos to export iron ore.

The Xin Hai Hu dredger, which is 150.7 metres long and 27 metres wide, is expected to operate in Brazil for 21 months to deepen the channels from 13.5 metres to 21 metres, in order to allow the port to receive ships weighing over 200,000 tonnes.

The dredger, which is considered by the company to be the most modern and sophisticated in China, took a month to make the voyage between the port of Zhangjiang, in the Chinese province of Guangdong, and Brazil and dredging began on 5 June.

The Shanghai Dredging Company was contracted to carry out the dredging after winning a tender in which four other companies put forward proposals.

The fee being paid for the project was not revealed.

Deng Hongling, director of the Chinese company in Brazil said that this was China’s first step in finding international dredging markets.

The Xin Hai Hufoi (New Tiger of the Seas) dredger was built in 2006 in the Wenchong Shipyard in Guangzhou and cost US$80 million. (macauhub)