Dutch marine contractors Van Oord and Boskalis have been awarded a contract by the Brazilian Ministry of Transport for the dredging of the port of Santos.
The project in the largest port of South America will be worth $117m.
The companies will conduct studies into the design of navigation channels and berths over the coming months, with dredging operations expected to start later this year.
The dredging activities are expected to be completed in 2018.
Van Oord has executed more than 40 dredging and marine construction projects along the Brazilian coastline.
Van Oord has carried out maintenance dredging in the port of Santos since 2013, and is currently executing work in the PiaÃ§aguera area.
The ports of Brazil are responsible for 90% of the total exports of the country, and move one billion tonnes of goods each year.
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