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Caleta Vitor Port

Socoroma Mines and Minerals Limitada  is in the process of getting a maritime concession to create and operate a mega port at Caleta Vitor, which is 12 nautical miles from the port of Arica. OurGroup entity holds vast assets of minerals and aims to utilize this immense opportunity to work on the Caleta Vitor Port project with a projected handling capacity up to 40 Million MT per year and service up to 300,000 MT vessels, as per the pre-feasibility report given by L&T, India.

About Caleta Vitor Port

Chile has over 6400 km of coastline and a beautifully diverse climate, and thus can offer a wonderful gateway to the landlocked countries of South America to get direct link to the Pacific Ocean;

Caleta Vitor is a deep natural port with its 33 meters of depth. It can also provide an excellent gateway to Bolivia, to export its multibillion tons of Iron ore to Asia and also millions of tons of high value Soya crops out of western Brazil.

The Caleta Vitor port will be the biggest on the west coast of South America upon completion, with double the handling capacity of Valparaiso port in Chile and Callao port in Peru. Caleta Vitor is strategically located between the Arica and the Iquique sea ports of Chile, with easy access from Peru and Bolivia. Caleta Vitor can become an alternative to the TACNA port that was planned to be the dream port of the twin ocean project. This will definitely be the jewel of the Pacific in Northern Chile.

Port Facility Proposal

Nestled amongst cliffs towering 700 meters high, Caleta Vitor, a village in Arica, is where the port is proposed. Dry bulk like Copper, Manganese, Iron ore and Soybeans will make up the main export and will be stored in open storage yards in stock piles.

Phase I - In the first phase, a small berth (text - 150 meter long) will be developed with minimum investment to accommodate smaller barges (text - 5000 DWT).  A 285 meter long breakwater aligned north-west will ensure the required tranquility.

Phase 2 – In the second phase the port will have 3 berths, two of which will handle containers (text - 6000 TEU) and one dedicated berth to handle vessels with minerals (text - 120,000 DWT). The harbor basin will be protected by a western breakwater 1030m long aligned north west. In this phase, the port will have a handling capacity of 400,000 TEU and 12 MTPA with berth.

Phase 3 - In Phase 3, the western breakwater will be extended by 410 meter towards north making the total length of the breakwater 1440m. The number of berths will be extended to 5 with two handling containers and three dry bulk berths. Of the dry bulk berths two will handle 120,000 DWT vessels and the third will service 300,000 DWT vessels. The total handling capacity of the port will be 1 million TEU and 35MTPA.

Port Access Infrastructure

The nearest freeway to the port, I-5, is located only 12 miles away. An existing dirt road that connects the site to I-5 will be paved to make a port access road. There is also an option of a proposed freeway from the mining areas of Putre Mountains and Bolivia.

At present there is no rail connectivity to the Arica region. An old railway line between Arica and La Paz is undergoing repairs and expected to begin operations during the first half of 2013. The nearest airport, Chacallura [ARI] in Arica is just 65 Km from the port site;

Socoroma group also has minerals rights in a total area of 45000 hectares next to the port site with lot of copper reserves. It has a 48 Km long shoreline offering a huge opportunity to build several gigawatts worth of Wind and Solar power plants. Thus Caleta Vitor has the potential to be a mega green city in Chile.

Upcoming projects like the Mega Pacific Harbor, the Socoroma Energy project, and the Arica Copper project in the vicinity will ensure Caleta Vitor could be the Valparaiso of northern Chile in the near future.

Located in the mineral rich Northern Chile, this port can unlock lot more new projects in that region and being in the special economic zone, this port and port city would hope to enjoy special tax exemptions and incentives for decades to come.

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