Puerto La Unión starts Operations

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

Monday, July 27, 2009


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".

An article in Elsalvador.com, transcribes comments by Funes: "That is a fact... while the decision is taken regarding the concession, the decision we have taken is to start operations in the Port of La Unión,... we will benefit from the port".

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Port La Unión Opening Delayed

August 2009

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

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.

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.

La Unión Port Concession Not Before 2012

August 2009

Drafting a law decree for giving La Unión's operation under concession could take more than two years.

This was stated by the Executive Autonomous Port Commission (CEPA), who considered the estimated length of the technical feasibility study by the Japanese International Cooperation Bank, which will start in October.

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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