The Ortelius is 111.7 meters long and 24.6 meters wide. It has 6,000 cubic meters of capacity, acts as a suction hopper dredger and can dredge to a maximum depth of 35 meters. Recently built to European Union Stage V requirements and International Maritime Organization (IMO) Tier III standards, this vessel is powered by diesel-electric engines and features a two-stage catalytic filter system, which makes nitrogen oxides are harmless and with a soot filter that blocks the finest particles.
According to the report presented by the City Tourism Entity, the cruise season in Buenos Aires began recovering pre-pandemic levels of activity and is projected to exceed the 2019 record. More than 120 cruise ships are expected to mobilize more than 350,000 passengers, an improvement compared to the 2018-2019 season, when 8% fewer vessels called.
The season starts in October and lasts until April. Of the expected passengers, more than 70% are foreigners, especially from Brazil, the United States and Canada and Europe. The daily cost of each passenger is estimated at 90.6 dollars, an important injection of foreign currency for the local economy. In addition, thanks to the dredging work carried out by Compañía Sud Americana de Dragados this year, larger vessels are arriving: 47% of the calls will be cruise ships with more than 3,000 passengers. In relation to the 2019-20 season, the calls of large ships will increase by 9% in 2022-23.
In this way, the tourism sector has been showing a sustained recovery in Buenos Aires and the port and cruise ships are one of the main gateways for foreign tourists who leave foreign currency, boosting the national economy.
Likewise, the port of Buenos Aires is a strategic point for the country, with an opportunity to expand and continue to grow, promoting port and maritime activity, one of the keys to the development and production of Argentina, and for this, Compañía Sud Americana de Dragados -with the support of the Jan De Nul Group- is positioned as a strategic ally to continue improving logistics, guaranteeing the navigability and connectivity of the country with the world.