The Maritime Port and Naval Industry Federation of the Argentine Republic (Fempinra) This Saturday it rejected the approval in the Administrative Commission of the Río de la Plata (CARP) by the Government of deepening access to the Uruguayan port of Montevideo to 14 meters, warning that this leaves the port of Buenos Aires “at a disadvantage.”
Likewise, the Federation led by the unionist Juan Carlos Schmid He pointed out that “the government of the Buenos Aires province which adds to this aspiration the closure of the only federal port, which is port b in favor of the port of La Plata”, located further south than the previous ones. “This approval by the Argentina is not new, we could say that it is historical, unfortunately,” Schmid said in a statement.
The also general secretary of the union of Dredging and Beaconing recalled that this decision reflects an “absence of foreign policy in the Plata Basin” by Argentina. “It is not a problem that Uruguay requests the approval of 14 meters to its main port. In reality we should not oppose the investment and improvement of sister countries in their logistical structures, the problem is that for 25 years, due to ignorance or hidden interests Argentina does nothing,” remarked the union leader.
Celebrate Uruguay and question Argentina
Schmid pointed out that Argentina It has “the largest waterway extension on the continent with a completed concession, which demonstrated efficiency and successes in its specifications and conditions that surely, due to the experience gained, should be improved in a new tender.” “The government of the Buenos Aires province which adds to this aspiration the closure of the only federal port, which is the port of Buenos Aires in favor of the port The Silver“he stressed.
Days ago, the Chancellery Argentina confirmed that it had approved the Uruguayan request for dredging of 13 to 14 meters in the port of Montevideo and maintained that this was “possible thanks to the joint technical work” carried out by the delegations of the two countries “based on faithful observance of the Treaty of the Río de la Plata and its Maritime Frontin which the minimum and indispensable requirements that guarantee the safety of navigation in said area are preserved”.
The Argentine government advocated that “projects presented in common use waters, within the scope of article 17 et seq. of the Treaty, receive a agile and expeditious evaluationwithin the framework of strengthening relations of friendship, cooperation and integration between both countries” and proposed “the drafting of a protocol or mechanism to streamline the analysis procedures of this type of projects within the Commission.”
In turn, the Uruguayan government celebrated that it was “a fact of absolute relevance” and noted that it was “an objective that was an express priority of the current government” of Luis Lacalle Pou as “a great step to continue developing our port system as a regional logistics hub, and as an exit door for products from a wide region, in what constitutes an achievement that will benefit the entire River Plate basin and the waterway Paraná-Paraguay“.
Fempinra warned that with this decision Argentina, “port Buenos Aires is at a disadvantage compared to its counterpart Montevideo in the competition to become the regional Hub, which will make it considerably more feasible for shipping companies to end their journey in the main port of Uruguay”.