Port La Unión Opening Delayed

The "ASAP" start of operations of the port, announced by President Funes, will be delayed for over 18 months.

Friday, August 7, 2009

As a response to the temporary closure of Acajutla port for repairs, Funes had announced that the government was going to start operating Port La Unión.

"After some research, CEPA president Guillermo López Suárez concluded that it will take several months, a year and a half or even more, to start operations in the port", told Mauricio Funes to newspaper Elsalvador.com.

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El Salvador: Port La Unión is Inaugurated Amidst Controversy

June 2010

According to private operators, shipping companies will continue using port Acajutla, so the new port would only generate losses for the Salvadoran state.

The port, completed on January 2008, has been inoperative since then, because it lacks the necessary equipment, and because the government has not yet defined and approved a concession model for a private operator.

El Salvador: Puerto La Unión Starts Operating Without Cranes

March 2010

Port authorities decided to open the port in a month and a half, even though it lacks the necessary infrastructure.

For the moment, cargo will be loaded and unloaded using the cranes available at the ships, until high capacity cranes arrive on May 2011.

Guillermo López Suárez, president of CEPA (Ports Commision), told Elsalvador.com: “…at first cargo movement will be modest, but as we deploy more specialized equipment we will lure more customers”.

Puerto La Unión starts Operations

July 2009

Facing closure of the Port of Acajutla for repairs, the Salvadoran government decided to start operations in La Unión Port.

President Mauricio Funes announced: "While the repair and restructuring works continue in the Port of Acajutla, it must be closed, and the cargo will be transferred to La Unión".

El Salvador Port Concession Unresolved

July 2009

Some of the proposals reviewed include making CEPA the administrator and operator of the port of La Unión.

Guillermo López Suárez, president of the port commission known as CEPA, is working on a new proposal. This proposal includes an updated diagnostic of the situation.

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