By the end of 2013, seven new tourist terminals, at the ports of the cities of Manaus, Fortaleza, Natal, Recife, Salvador, Rio de Janeiro and Santos will be completed and ready to expand the availability of accommodation during the forthcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup™.
The statement was made by the Minister of the Secretariat of Ports, José Leônidas Cristino, this Thursday (July 7th), during an interview granted to the programme "Good Morning, Minister", as announced yesterday by the 2014 Portal.
"We will complete all this work by the end of 2013, without any doubt”, the Minister declared. He also said that the total funds of R$ 740 million for the work has now been assured by the Federal Government.
According to Mr. Cristino, by the end of July or the beginning of August the Government plans to disclose the invitations to bid, so that the work on the ports may get under way as from next year.
The Minister also said that the tender process should start with Recife, a smaller job, followed by Salvador, Santos and then Rio de Janeiro, which, in his opinion, will be a larger project, with six berths exclusively for passenger vessels.
For the seven terminals to be ready by 2013, the Government has monitored the work on a daily basis, the Minister explained. In addition, he remembered, there is also structural work in progress in most national public seaports, to improve cargo handling.