Within the framework of the debate that is taking place in the Chamber of Deputies of the Nationwe believe it is appropriate to provide the reasons why TANDANOR SACIyN should not be privatized. With 144 years of existence TANDANOR is a strategic company within the framework of the defense industry. He is leader of the naval and defense industryalong with other actors, of our National sovereignty.
He Executive power sent a project “omnibus” law who in one of his articles proposes the privatization of 41 public companies among which is TANDANOR. The argument that guides this purpose is that these companies are generators of the fiscal deficit which, according to the president Javier Mileiis he origin of all the evils that afflict the Argentine Republic.
That argument does not cover TANDANORgiven that the accounting balances for the years 2020/2021/2022 and 2023, audited by the AGN (General Audit of the Nation), were positive. The company is surplus and does not receive subsidies from the stateHE self-finance, workers’ salaries are paid with the result of production. The hard data for the year 2023 show positive values: economic result: 4,016 million – Construction sales: 8,753 million / Repair sales: 12,887 million.
TANDANOR should not be privatized because it has a unique infrastructure in Latin America. A ship elevator (SYNCROLIFT) is installed on its 34 hectares with a lifting capacity of up to 15,000 tons, it has a transfer capacity of 11,700 tons, 4 work slipways and 1,400 meters of docks.
Besides, the Argentina Army gave him the use of the facilities of the Almirante Storni Shipyardwhose facilities and production capacity are similar to those of the most modern shipyards in the world, all state-owned: the SIMA of the sister Republic of Peru It is a public limited company with majority state capital; the NAVANTIA from Spain It is a state shipyard; in it NAVAL GROUP of France, the French State owns 64% of the shares. Why are they all state-owned? Because National States reserve the power to defend their sovereignty and to build the tools to achieve that objective..
The strategic nature of TANDANOR within the framework of the defense industry is the third reason why it should not be privatized. It is a company prepared for the construction of ships of various characteristics for the Argentine Navy, the Prefecture and private companies.
We must highlight the construction of 12 tugboats for the Argentina Armythe construction of aluminum boats to guard our lakes and rivers and fight fire, the construction project of a Polar ship together with the Finnish company AKER, provider of basic engineering and world leader in the design of polar vessels; the construction of scientific ship SWAT for the Naval Hydrography Service; participation alongside Río Santiago Shipyard in the construction of Lica boats for the Argentine Navy.
But also, as a participant in the defense of National Sovereignty, TANDANOR is building the new Petrel basea state-of-the-art 2,400 m2 building whose first module is currently being installed in the Antarctica. In addition, the foundations of the new integrated base of Ushuaia.
During the years 2022/2023 together with the Ministry of Defense of the Nation and the companies Thyssen Group (Germany) and Naval Group (France), worked intensively on the reformulation and enhancement of the construction project of three submarinesso that Argentina count again with a force that allows it to exercise its deterrent power against potential foreign state aggressors. Both companies highlighted the building, human and infrastructure capacities of TANDANOR for the execution of this project.
In TANDANOR Important projects were also developed in the metalworking industry: vehicular bridges for the Sarmiento railway that offer an economical solution to eliminate level crossings, urban furniture for Popular neighbourhoodsGOA tanks for the Antarcticarepair of wagons for Argentine Railways. During 2023, 85 private vessels from the most varied industries were repaired, all of them from national and foreign companies that choose the company for the quality of its work, the training and dedication of its workers, and the competitiveness of its budgets.
If, despite the reasons stated, the privatization project of TANDANORnews is gaining strength about private interest in the development of a real estate project on its 34 attractive hectares in the southern dock of the port of Buenos Aires.
Given the proximity to the project that IRSA, by businessman Eduardo Elsztain, will develop in the old sports city of Boca Juniors, your interest in the shipyard land seems feasible. Already in the 90s, this company was awarded the privatization of TANDANORdeclared fraudulent by the Argentine Justiceof absolute nullity and irremediable by the Decree 315/07 of President Néstor Kirchnerand in 2018 declared constitutional by the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation. On that occasion the objective was to make a city of offices on the property called Plant IClose to Madero Port.
May the national conscience enlighten our legislators so that TANDANOR is not privatized once again.
By Dr. Alberto M. Schprejer, former vice president of TANDANOR SACIyN, period 2022-2023.-
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