The government plans the construction of a passenger port on the Merin lagoon that unites the department of Rocha with the city of Porto Alegrein Brazil.
The mayor of Rocha, Alejo Umpiérrezexplained to Channel 5 that the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) gave approval on the viability of the river terminal in the binational lagoon, which includes, in addition to Rocha, the departments of Long Hill and Thirty-threeand to the Brazilian State of Rio Grande do Sul.
Umpiérrez He explained that the project, which was sent to be studied by ECLAC, would be possible from the construction of the waterway Uruguay–Braziland the creation of a navigation route of about 800 kilometers between Laguna Merín and the Ducks Lagoon in Rio Grande do Sul.
“The national government has promoted with great force and with very good harmony with Brazil what is the waterway for the transportation of cargo that would leave through the port of Río Grande (del Sur)”, he explained Umpiérrez to that medium.
The departmental government believes that passenger transport could reach from Porto Alegre to an area located at the mouth of the San Miguel stream, a few kilometers from the binational city of Chuy.
The Uruguay-Brazil waterway aroused the interest of Buquebus
“The consultancy (from ECLAC) gave a positive result, it is viable. This is for a human basin of 14 million people,” said the mayor of Roche, who added that the businessman Juan Carlos López Menapresident of Buquebus, is one of those interested in the commercial potential of the future waterway.
Umpiérrezwho is willing to leave “everything on track” for the next departmental government, said that in a second stage of the project, a loan will be sought with the CAF – Development Bank of Latin America and the Caribbean to carry out a study of the executive project.
After this, the national government would be requested to complete a binational tender to award the lines, for vessels similar to those of the shipping companies that depart from Sacramento Colony to the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (CABA).