QCOSTARICA – Delays in the Ministerio de Obras Publicas y Transportes (MOPT) is threatening the Moin container terminal port in Limon.
The Dutch company, APM Terminals, says the Terminal de Contenedores de Moín (TCM) could be ready by January 2018, but the failure on the government to build the 2.8 kilometre access road, will not allow the mega port to operate.
The construction of this road is one of the commitments assumed by the government in the concession contract with APM Terminals signed on February 13, 2012. But the MOPT recognizes that still does not define how to finance the project and who will assume the construction of the road that will connect to the Ruta 32 – the main road between the Caribbean and San Jose.
According to Nacion.com, “… If the road is not completed on time, the concessionaires will be able to claim millions in compensation from the country. In addition, exporters and importers would lose a US$20 discount of for each container to be loaded or unloaded. ”
The La Nacion report adds, “… The MOPT’s objective is to establish the funding mechanism in January and then start a recruitment process. ”