Mar del Plata

Sea Port

Characteristics

General Description Mar del Plata’s Seaport is placed in 38º 02’S latitude and 57º 32’W longitude, 400 km. from Buenos Aires city, on National Route Nº 2. Mar del Plata, Gral. Pueyrredón Partido. Buenos Aires Province.

Characteristics Mar del Plata’s port is formed by two areas: South and North.

The South area is a commercial one. It has three breakwaters called, from North to South, Overseas (Breakwater 3), Local (Breakwater 1) and fisher’s (Breakwater 1) as well as a combustible sector on the South Breakwater’s internal lateral.

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The North area consists of a passengers’ dock over the North Breakwater, continues with a Naval Base located in Dock F, then there is a marina for sport boats, both protected by breakwater 4. The south area is called Dock C. It is limited by Breakwaters 2 and 3 and contains two docking places (12 and 13) over the Breakwater 3, used for the loading of grain from the raised silo’s battery of the Grains’ National Committee. These silos have a storage capacity of 25.255 T. and has two conveyor belts that feed 8 telescopic tubes whose ends are risen s 12,5 m. above the local zero (shipment galena).

Towards the west there is a dock used for general load, about 14 feet deep at the Local Zero and 134 m. long. Towards the south, over Breakwater 2, there are three docking places (8, 9 and 10), that reach 503 m. long with variable depths from 22 to 25 feet according to the area. They are used to operate with general load and fuel-oil, as well as the site 7 at the end of Breakwater 2, with a length of 178 m. and a depth of 30 feet.

Domestic Loads’ Port It is located on cabotage dock B, formed by the sites 5 and 6 located over the breakwater 2 towards the north, with a length of 250 m., crossed by a wide railway, with variable depths from 5 to 17 feet; one West with a front length of 133 m.; and places A, B, C and D towards the south over Breakwater 1, 288 m length and depths between15 and 21 feet, that are used for domestic traffic and deep-sea fishing.

Fisher’s Port These are the installations that are comprised by the Fisher’s Banquina and the Breakwater 10 (Dock A), area in which the fisher’s boats and coastal ships make operations.

It has a dock’s total length of 727m., with depths between 6 and 19 feet, crossed by a wide railway. On the south side a synchrolift is placed.

Combustible’s Port Located over the South Breakwater, northwest of the dock for operations with liquefied petroleum gas (Espigón 7). It has a front side of 95 m. in order to allow the entry of Mediterranean style ships.

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Destined to the operations of oil or/and gas tankers that unload products destined to YPF (Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales – Fiscal Oil Fields), State Gas and Buenos Aires province’s factory.

The north area comprises: 1) North Breakwater’s Dock: located over the North Breakwater, it is 220 m. long and is used for tourist cruise ships. It is joined with Mar del Plata City by a paved route that goes up to the dock. 2) Submarines’ Base: placed northwest of the Port, protected by a jetty of 474 m. long that starts on North Breakwater and is reserved for Argentine Army. 3) Outer Harbour: the access channel is 700 m. long and has and admissible draft of about 30 feet in 120 m. sill width and slopes of 1,3. The water mirror delimited by two breakwaters, has a surface of 1.400.000 square meters. The main traffic is fishing and domestic load movement and transmarine cereal vessels also operate there. Movement Over a total of 587.720 tonnes, Mar del Plata’s Seaport worked in 1999 with Wheat: 136.739 tons; Fish: 195.903 tons; Combustible: 234.723 tons and Corn: 20.355 tons.

Floating Dock Under the care of Servicios Portuarios Integrados Company, a floating dock (MOSSDOK 2000) has just been installed. It has a maximum length of 144 m. and 128 m. in breadth with a halaje capacity of 5,000 tons. It has two 6- ton cranes that move around longitudinally along the dock. This let it has a great versatility for manoeuvres of support, placement and removal of equipment and tools needed throughout all ship reparation.