Comandante Luis Piedra Buena Pier
This pier was built in the year 1909 and was opened to the public by a decree dated January 3, 1910. Originally, the structure included the current sectors A, B, and C, where you can still see the original wooden structures in the first section and iron in the rest.
On October 31, 2003, it was officially inaugurated for the docking of cruise ships, in addition to reclaiming it for the Puerto Madryn community as a public space for recreation and leisure. In this first expansion, sectors D and E were constructed, doubling its total length and allowing the docking of large passenger ships.
In December 2018, the second stage of the expansion was completed, doubling the docking front (Sector E) and creating new docking blocks, enabling the arrival of ships up to 317 meters in length.
WHY IS PIEDRA BUENA PIER “CROOKED”?
At first glance, it has a peculiarity known by few: Piedra Buena is “crooked” 7 degrees to the south. This subtle modification of the original project allowed the pier to extend about 950 meters into the Bahía Nueva, reaching depths similar to those of the Alte. Storni Pier.
CRUISES AND WATER SCARCITY
Water cuts are often associated with the arrival of cruise ships, but the loading of drinking water by cruise ships does not affect the city’s water supply. The Port Administration has 500 cubic meters capacity tanks, one at each dock, from which it supplies water to the ships. What a ship loads in 8 or 10 hours, the port gradually recovers over 2 or 3 days, so it has no impact on the city’s water supply.
PIEDRA BUENA OR PIEDRABUENA?
Thanks to the internet, which allows us to delve into every biography published online, we have resolved this doubt. After endless consultations, we can affirm that the surname of the noble sailor in question is written separately, as that was how he signed his name.