Santiago de Cuba Port Expansion Begins

Felipe Pagliery (Progreso Weekly)

The Santiago de Cuba Bay port.
The Santiago de Cuba Bay port.

HAVANA TIMES — Work on a new multipurpose terminal at the Guillermón Moncada Port in Santiago de Cuba began Tuesday (Jan. 13), when Chinese and Cuban construction specialists surveyed 10 hectares west of the site, the Cuban news agency AIN reported this week.

The terminal will be part of an industrial development zone financed by the Chinese government and built with Chinese guidance.

The work will be funded with a $120-million loan from Beijing and will be performed by the China Communications Construction Company, which also designed the terminal, AIN said.

In the next three years, the Chinese company will build “a multifunctional terminal with modern technology, capable of handling ships of up to 40,000 tons in a 231-meter pier with three portico [gantry] cranes, two enclosed warehouses and an open area for containers,” the agency said.

At present, the port can handle ships of up to 20,000 tons. After the bay has been dredged to a depth of 14 meters, the port will be able to service ships of up to 40,000 tons. This will mean a potential processing of 565,000 tons of goods per year, according to Cuban specialists.

An advance party of Chinese engineers is already in Santiago. Drilling, on land and seabed, is expected to begin late this month with the participation of local workers.

Leonardo Naranjo, port services director, told AIN that the project will include a two-track rail line and a boardwalk for recreation. The latest models of machinery, such as front hoes, hoppers and roll trailers will be utilized, he said.

Santiago de Cuba has the nation’s second-largest port after Mariel. After expansion in both those ports is completed, the Port of Havana will be used only for tourism.

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  • I have worked on mega projects along side Chinese construction workers and found them to be respectful and courteous and would expect the same at this site. It is also good that the most modern standards be applied as is with the air transport industry and international competition also uses ISO- standards so show the average worker a SAFETY STANDARD to help deflect any appearance of or statistical data and avoid critisism that could impair future development . This aproach will show workers and the people that real improvements have arrived.
    Today, statistical studies have shown that skilled workers far out value the savings of short cut safety for workers. In other words the cost to get these most brave people trained to such high standards is expensive so the loss of the worker isnot acceptable. It is also a fact that when high standards are shown to existin human protocals and enforced, leads to better quality builds.If the worker can not be trusted to maintain their own safety can you expect the construction quality to be maintained.The world is watching and construction catastrophic
    failures are not acceptable.
    Dont test God.
    Thank you

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