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Argentina seals the deal for new Ushuaia cruise terminal

Tierra del Fuego Gov. Gustavo Melella, left, and General Ports Administraltion Controller José Beni, far right, ink the Ushuaia cruise terminal agreement
Ushuaia will be getting a cruise terminal under a new agreement between Argentina's General Ports Administration and Tierra del Fuego province.

'We want the Port of Ushuaia to be first class for cruise ships, not only recognized for being at "The End of the World,"' said Gustavo Melella, governor of Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and South Atlantic Islands.

'Much larger' than expected

The terminal will be located at the head of the port, where the container area is now. It will be 'much larger' than expected, according to Melella, though further details and a project timeline were not announced.

The facility will house a passenger waiting room, scanners and immigration, customs, health security and port offices.

Plans for terminal advanced with an agreement signed Wednesday between José Beni, controller of the General Ports Administration, and Melella.

'Important' industry

Beni called the agreement a 'new step forward in the growth of General Ports Administration,' which continues to promote the development of the cruise industry, 'so important for our country.'

The ports administration, part of Argentina's Ministry of Transport, also runs the Quinquela Martín cruise terminal at the Port of Buenos Aires.