Monday 14 June 2021

A Mega Port With No Access

In April 2014, the Ministry of Public Works (MOPT) began construction of a gravel road to allow access to trucks and materials for the construction of the new port of Moin. This work cost ¢ 11,000 million. | ALONSO TENORIO / FILE
In April 2014, the Ministry of Public Works (MOPT) began construction of a gravel road to allow access to trucks and materials for the construction of the new mega port of Moin. However, the start of construction of the road to connect the port to the main highway to San Jose is still up in the air. Photo La Nacion

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.

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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, “… 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. ”

The new port will serve Panamax container ships capable of carrying 8,500 containers.


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