Brazil's special ports department (SEP) will call a consultancy tender at the beginning of February for feasibility studies regarding expansion work in Ceará state's Fortaleza port, SEP said in a release.
The chosen firm will carry out technical, economic and environmental studies as well as develop an environmental impact study and report (EIA-RIMA).
The consultancy will kick off work to prepare seven of the country's ports for the 2014 World Cup, according to ports minister Leônidas Cristino.
The tender for civil works, which will total 106mn reais, should take place in July, the release said. Earlier press reports had suggested construction would start in April.
Works includes expanding the port's wharf to 350m and building a 10,000m2 terminal and 70,000m2 shipyard.
Funding is coming from the country's growth acceleration plan (PAC).
The seven ports receiving federal funding for World Cup preparations are Santos (São Paulo state), Salvador (Bahía), Recife (Pernambuco), Natal (Rio Grande do Norte), Fortaleza (Ceará), Manaus (Amazonas) and Rio de Janeiro.