Ecuador's state-owned Manta port authority APM aims to launch its US$13mn maintenance plan during the first half of the year, APM's head of communications, Fernando Holguín, told BNamericas.
Local consultancy firm Pablo Suárez will complete studies in April to determine the plan's environmental impact, after which APM will launch the maintenance project, Holguín said.
The plan's main component is dredging of the Manta bay, which will involve the removal of 600,000m3 of sediments, to reach a depth of 12.5m.
APM will ask the armed forces to provide dredging equipment. However, if this is unavailable due to scheduling, the authority will launch a tender to subcontract the works, the official said.
The port maintenance plan also includes repairing the international dock and cargo handling area, installing a platform scale, repairing fishing docks, upgrading the control tower and purchasing safety equipment.
The maintenance plan will be financed by the national government.