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Short-term contract in place for dredging of Argentina’s Parana River

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.

Kim Biggar

Kim Biggar started writing in the supply chain sector in 2000, when she joined the Canadian Association of Supply Chain & Logistics Management. In 2004/2005, she was project manager for the Government of Canada-funded Canadian Logistics Skills Committee, which led to her 13-year role as communications manager of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. A longtime freelance writer, Kim has contributed to publications including The Forwarder, 3PL Americas, The Shipper Advocate and Supply Chain Canada.
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