The Chilean port of Lirquén has handled the country's largest ever consignment of timber, which totalled 58,100m3, which was dispatched to the Middle East. The shipment was made aboard the African Tern, which conveyed 8,000m3 on deck and the rest in its holds. CMPC Maderas, the specialist company involved in timber handling, will load 18 vessels conveying timber in Chile's Biobio region this year, bound for either Japan or the Middle East.The timber involved will either be used in the petrochemical industry or in construction.

Port Lirquén has two quays and six berths, offering the deepest draught in the region, being able to accommodate vessels drawing up to 15m of water, which is unique on the West Coast of Latin America.