Port of Santo Tomás Expansion Ongoing

Spanish consortium "Iomm Hitma, Bilbao Plaza Marítima", presented a study on the enlargement of Guatemalan port Santo Tomás.

Thursday, July 30, 2009


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The study is being analyzed by the port's board of directors, and foresees extending the container terminal, the solid and liquid bulk terminals, and the construction of a new logistic center of operations.

Port sub manager Roberto Arrega told newspaper Prensa Libre: "... in six months the analysis will be ready... In this expansion we also look to increase hull draft, so larger more modern ships may enter the port."

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Spanish companies to study expansion of Guatemalan port

July 2008

A Spanish consortium has been chosen to do the feasibility study for an increase in capacity of the port of Santo Tomás de Castilla on Guatemala's Atlantic coast.

The consortium consists of Ingeniería Idom Internacional, Bilbao Plaza Marítima and Grupo Hidtma.
The companies chosen are experts in civil engineering, feasibility studies and port master plans, said Estuardo Vargas, general manager of the Santo Tomás de Castilla port.

Guatemala: Remodeling of port to cost more than $120 million

August 2008

The first phase of the remodeling of the Santo Tomas de Castilla Port will be done with a loan from the BCIE (the Central American Bank for Economic Integration) to build new yards for storing containers.

One of the biggest projects by the Government of Alvaro Colom and Rafael Espada, it could start before the end of the year.

Guatemalan Ports Bid to Become More Competitive

July 2010

The ports of Quetzal in the Pacific and Santo Tomás de Castilla in the Atlantic will improve their facilities by 2012.

According to information provided by the Central American Commission for Maritime Transport (Cocatram), there will be four new terminals in Santo Tomás de Castilla by this date as well as more industrial parks. The works will generate three thousand new jobs.

Nicaraguan Port of Cabezas to be Enlarged

January 2010

A new dock, measuring 1 kilometer long and 10 meters deep will allow cargo ships up to 15.000 tons.

This new dock, located in the city of Bilwi (Puerto Cabezas), will help the country increase commerce at its Atlantic coastline, reported Virgilio Silva, head of the National Ports Corporation.

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