Dredging works ensure navigability in rivers affected by drought in Northern Brazil

Nov, 01, 2023 Posted by Gabriel Malheiros

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The intensive dredging work currently underway in the Solimões River, between Tabatinga and Benjamin Constant, as well as the mouth of the Madeira River and the Tabocal region, is ensuring good navigability and logistical flow in the northern region of Brazil. These efforts to mitigate the effects of the historic drought affecting the states of Amazonas and Rondônia began this month and are expected to conclude by December of this year.

To safeguard vessel traffic along the waterways used for cargo and product distribution in the region, including the Manaus Free Zone, as well as for the transportation of people, the Federal Government allocated $138 million in the past month for emergency projects in the drought-affected areas.

Emergency Actions

The dredging service on the Solimões River, between Tabatinga and Benjamin Constant, is being carried out by the National Department of Transportation Infrastructure (Dnit). The estimate is that this work will be completed within 45 to 60 days. In total, the Federal Government has allocated $40 million for interventions to be conducted over an eight-kilometer stretch of the river.

On the Madeira River, the goal is to dredge approximately 1.875 million cubic meters over a 12-kilometer length to ensure proper navigability and the uninterrupted flow of logistics in the region. An additional $100 million has been secured for this project.

Source: Informativo dos Portos

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