Transporte por rio magdalena

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Promotion and Develpment of the Fluvial Navigation in Colombia

MULTIFLUVIAL CARGO Project´s Objective
First Stage
• Construction and assembly of three navigational equipments for shallow waters with multipurpose capabilities for cargo transport by river. Each equipment is composed by One (1) pusher boat with cargo capacity of 500 tons and push capacity of 5.000 tons, Two (2) gabartsmultipurpose with cargo capacity of 500 tons each one. • Constitution of a river transportation company, that allow the permanent cargo transportation between seaports in the Caribbean to the inner country areas, and that manage the Equipments.

Second Stage

Built, operation and manteinance of one port in an strategic place over Magdalena River, in order to integrate the transport system inColombia. The port could be built in Puerto Olaya in Cimitarra (Santander) that is a place with an high commercial potential.

In the last two decades the governments have promoted the colombian infraestructure development, but in the transport sector this promotion has been focused in the land ways. Because of that, the country finance have beenseriously afected and the colombian products have not even increase their competitive in international markets.

In order to improve the nation trade terms, it is necesary to use the muti and inter modal transport systems, that can generate an important transport cost reduction to the colombian products in the international markets.

Colombian Hidrography:
Adiccionaly thecountry has a competity advantage among most of the nations of the world, that is their quantity of rivers. A colombian citizen has 34 times more water than the average of a citizen of the earth. So it is necesary to work in the rigth utilization of these water.


Globalization and Trade Commerce Agreements: Export products characteristics:

Thecountry agreements that the goverment is next to sign in (like the one with U.S.), open the export possibilities to the colombian producers. But it can be possible just with a reduction of internal transport costs. The kind of products that the country exports dont have a high added value, and it means that are big size and, in this way, high costs of transport. The local distribution, between the innercountry and the caribbean. Reduce the products manipulation and damage. Increase profit in transport sector, with more profitable journeys for the land transport.


• 23.715 kms of fluvial net. • 18.000 kms for permanent navigation. • 43 dams and lakes. • High density swamp and estuary zones.

LEGAL FRAME River Authorities

Superintendencia dePuertos y Transporte

Ministerio de Transporte
Maritime General Office

Corporation for recovery the Magdalena River

Institucion for diferents kind of routs

National Institute for the awarding

Subdirección Infraestructura

Subdirección Tránsito y Transporte

Grupo de Infraestructura Acuática

Grupo de Transporte Fluvial

LEGAL FRAME Regulation• Basic Transport Dispositions: Law 105/93: Redistribution of competencies and resources between the territorial nation and organizations. • National edict of transport: Law 336/96: Regulation and operation of the transportation system within the country. • Rating and presentation of public service fluvial transportation. • Tax Exemptions: Law 788/2002 Art 18,2: 15 year tax exemptions forfluvial transportation companies operating small boats.

LEGAL FRAME Regulation

• Multimodal Transportation: Decree 149/99: Operators registry for multimodal transportation. • Ministry of Transport: Decree 2053/2003: Restructure and redefinition of competencies for the Ministry of Transport. • Formation and functions determination for INVIAS: Law 2056/2003 • Formation of Cormagdalena: Law...
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