The Chancay mega-port project in Peru is an ambitious and exciting initiative that is transforming the Peruvian coast. Located 75 kilometers north of Lima, the port of Chancay will become one of the largest and most modern ports in Latin America.
The project is being carried out by the Chinese company Cosco Shipping Ports and aims to improve logistics not only between Asia and Peru, but with all of Latin America. Once completed, it will be operated by the Peruvian company Volcan.
Some of the most important features of the project are:
- Location: The port is located in the district of Chancay, province of Huaral, in the Lima region, approximately 75 kilometers north of the city of Lima.
- Infrastructure: The project includes the construction of two terminals, a container terminal and a bulk solids and liquids terminal. Each terminal will have state-of-the-art ship handling capacity.
- Container terminal: The container terminal will have a handling capacity of 2.7 million TEUs (20-foot container units) per year, making it the largest container terminal in Peru. It will have 12 post-panamax cranes and a 60-hectare esplanade.
- Bulk terminal: The bulk terminal will have a storage capacity of 3 million metric tons per year and will have a 30-hectare esplanade. It will be equipped with modern technologies for handling and storing solid and liquid bulk cargo.
- Land Access: The port will be connected to the national road network through an 18 km highway that will connect the port to the Panamericana Norte. In addition, a railroad is being planned to connect the port to the central highlands of Peru.
- Depth: The port will have a depth of 18 meters, which will allow for the handling of deep-draft vessels of up to 18,000 TEU capacity without the need for periodic dredging.
- Total Area: The total area of the port will be 150 hectares, including storage, maneuvering, and service areas.
- Investment: The total investment of the project amounts to approximately US$3.6 billion.
- Benefits: The port is expected to generate more than 10,000 direct and indirect jobs during construction and operation, and to contribute to the economic and social development of the Lima region and Peru in general.
- Logistical efficiency. Once built and operating at full capacity, it can save up to 10 days in transit time of goods from China to Peru and up to 17 days to Brazil.