Port of Veracruz to Invest in Logistics CenterBy Rodrigo Brugada | Wed, 06/02/2021 - 16:02
The Port Administration of Veracruz awarded MX$90.5 million (US$4.6 million) in contracts for the construction and operation of the Logistics Attention Center for Transportation (CALT, for its acronym in Spanish). The center is part of the Port Development Master Program 2006-2015, in which it was envisioned as a regulatory center for the federal public transportation service. The center will provide more efficient and controlled access to the northern part of the port and create the appropriate conditions for efficient entry flows to the port. The Port Development Master Program 2016-2021 ratified the need to increase logistics capabilities.
The port administration awarded MX$21.5 million (US$1.3 million) to Morsa Construcciones for the construction of a complex of buildings and service areas for the CALT within the Port of Veracruz. It also awarded a MX$69 million (US$3.5 million) contract to Automatización y Sistemas de Seguridad (Autosise) for the operation of CALT and the Access Control System.
The project will build an approximate surface of 169,843 m2 of parking area on hydraulic pavement with hydraulic concrete slab 26 cm thick, a 1.62-km-long confining fence, 22,995 m2 of landscaped areas, vertical and horizontal signage. It will also finance the construction of 1.3 m2 of buildings with all services including two office areas, two service modules, restrooms, showers, dining rooms and everything else workers and users need for a comfortable stay.
The 2016-2021 strategy, in order to increase the competitiveness and productivity of the port, contemplated a single platform that concentrates the exchange of information and documents electronically. This will alleviate the current saturation in the northern zone, creating a greater capacity for maritime entries and goods mobility.
Even though there were multiple lower economic proposals among the 16 companies that participated in the tender, API rejected the proposals for presenting technical and financial errors, according to the minutes of the opening of bids. The port administration has invested its own resources in this project since 2011. According to the ruling of the tender launched by API Veracruz, the works started in June 1 and will last 180 days.