Costa Rican ports on red alert over manpower shortage

The Costa Rican government ordered "urgent action" to solve a manpower shortage in the nation's ports.

Friday, June 13, 2008

The shortage is particularly acute in the Caribbean port of Moín. Under the new measure, the nation's port management authority, Japdeva, will be able to hire personnel without going through the usual procedures for contracting government employees.

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Costa Rican Ports in Serious Situation

July 2011

The financial crisis affecting Japdeva is threatening the operation of the ports.

A deficit of over $8 million weighing on the Board of Port Administration and Economic Development of the Atlantic (Japdeva), the administrator of the country's main ports, has the institution on the brink of crisis.

Ports in Limon Lag Behind

June 2011

Despite the delays, modernization initiatives are emerging as potential positive signals for the Costa Rican ports.

The ports of Moin and Limon, two gateways of international trade into the country, are lagging behind compared to other ports in the region and Latin America.

Ports Operate Normally in Costa Rica

February 2010

After a leadership change in the workers’ union, a group of unionists blocked the port facilities, a situation that was promptly solved.

The new union, recognized by the Labor Ministry, supports the government's plans to grant the terminals under concession.

"As of now the port is operating normally, and the new board is expected to take office at the union's facilities today", reported Nacion.com.

Indefinite Strike at Costa Rican Ports

October 2009

Workers from Japdeva have paralyzed port operations in Limón and Moín due to labor demands.

This measure taken by Japdeva, the state port administration entity, has prevented serving fruit cargo ships, and the arrival of a cruise ship.

Liroy Pérez, press secretary from the Japdeva Workers Union, stated that "port workers are striking due to unmet salary commitments, as there are two wage adjustments still pending", reports local newspaper La Prensa Libre.

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