Valparaíso's authorities, the port operator and concessionaires aim to have a new terminal exclusively for cruise ships by 2022, newspaper El Mercurio reported.
Mayor Jorge Sharp, together with CEO of port operator EPV, Gonzalo Davagnino, and executives of the port's concessionaires (TPS, TCVAL and VTP) will attend a convention in Florida this week to present plans and convince cruise operators to return to the port.
Davagnino told El Mercurio that respective engineering, financing, market and business model studies should be finished before May and that the tendering, environmental assessment and construction all would take three years.
The executive also confirmed that the new terminal and a 400m-long wharf will be located next to the current passenger terminal, administrated by VTP, ruling out construction near Muelle Barón, an area "too exposed to waves and wind."
In the short term, Valparaíso aims to get cruise arrivals back by allowing operators to reserve their docking sites two years in advance, while authorities offer "competitive" fees and pledge to prevent labor-related incidents like those last year.
In the meantime, EPV is handling a project that would allow ships of up to 294m length docking at TCVAL's terminal.
For the 2018-19 season, 18 cruises will dock at Valparaíso port, while 26 will arrive in neighbouring San Antonio.