Uruguay's transport and public works minister Víctor Rossi, along with Belgium's deputy prime minister Didier Reynders, signed a contract for the expansion of Montevideo port's multipurpose pier C.
Works, to be executed by a consortium comprising Soletanche Bachy France SAS, SACEEM and Dredging International, will begin on August 11 and last for one year, according to a government statement.
The signing ceremony was attended by the president of national ports authority ANP, Alberto Díaz, Belgium's ambassador Patrick Renault and executives of the consortium.
The works include an additional 180m of pier and dredging to increase the depth of the base of the structure and the rest of the dock to 12m.
Pier C currently measures 360m and was inaugurated in February 2015.
During ANP's 100 year anniversary on July 21, Rossi described the expansion of pier C as a strategic project for national port development.