Belgian company Jan de Nul has signed a short-term contract for the continued dredging of Argentina’s Parana River. The company completed a 25-year maintenance agreement on April 30 this year and currently carries out the work until a new long-term contract is signed by the National Ports Administration.
With water in the Parana River at its lowest in 77 years due to a severe drought in Brazil, ships have been required to sail with reduced loads to avoid grounding. This has been a particular issue in recent months as the country exports its agricultural products during peak season. Approximately 80% of Argentina’s agricultural exports move out of the country on the Parana.
A tender for a new long-term dredging project on the river is to be launched soon.