The Rio de la Plata is an estuary formed by the merging Uruguay and Parana Rivers on the southeastern coast of South America. Forming a border between Uruguay and Argentina, the river extends 290 kilometers from the confluence to the Atlantic Ocean, where it forms the estuary. Two major ports, Buenos Aires and Montevideo, lie on the shores of the estuary.
Terminales Rio de la Plata was formed by P&O Australia Ltd., the World Latin American Fund, and several international partners. Terminales Rio de la Plata is an important leader in developing and operating ports, responsible for 27 container terminals located in 18 countries. It also has cargo-handling operations in over 100 world ports.
Please refer to the World Port Source entry for the Port of Buenos Aires for information about the city.
Terminales Rio de la Plata operates Terminals 1 and 2 in Puerto Nuevo in Buenos Aires. The terminals have been remodeled to provide modern facilities and the latest in container-handling equipment and services. The two facilities make up the largest container terminal in the Port, with capacity for handling one million TEUs of containerized cargo per year.
Terminales Rio de la Plata operates under a 25-year concession with the Port of Buenos Aires. It operates three piers offering over two thousand meters of quay at a depth of 9.8 meters. Its facilities cover 43.5 hectares of land. Terminales Rio de la Plata handles containers (90% of revenues), vehicles, general cargo, and passengers.
Pier 1 has one berth of 365 meters. Pier 2 has one berth of 450 meters. Both piers offer maximum alongside draft of 32 feet. The Terminal also has a berth dedicated for barge traffic with 151 meters of quay and depth of 32 feet. Each of these berths is equipped with cranes for loading and unloading cargo. Another berth is available, offering 235 meters of quay, for vessels that have their own crane. Terminales Rio de la Plata also offers 432 plugs for reefer units at the terminal.
Terminales Rio de la Plata offers easy access to truck services. Two rail lines pass through the terminal, each with both wide and narrow gauges. Today, the terminal receives 20-car trains carrying cargo from inland regions.