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MOPT describes the first docking of the cargo ferry from El Salvador as a “success”

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QCOSTARICA — The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) – Ministry of Public Works and Transportation – described the first docking in Puerto Caldera of the cargo ferry from El Salvador as a success.

The vessel, which has space for 100 trucks, began operations last week, with the first arrival in Costa Rica Friday afternoon.

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According to the authorities, the trip lasted 16 hours, in comparison to the 2 to 5 days that a land crossing takes.

Verny Jiménez, vice minister of MOPT, commented the only delays were due to the level of the tide in Caldera.

Read more: First ferry trip between Costa Rica and El Salvador arrived on Friday

Government authorities affirm that goods will be transported faster, at a lower cost and there will be greater competitiveness, between these two countries and others in the region such as Panama, Guatemala, Mexico and Honduras.

For a second phase, the project contemplates transportation for tourism purposes later this year.

Read more: Thousands of tourists will enjoy the ferry between Costa Rica and El Salvador in six months

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