Six consortiums have expressed an interest in carrying out a feasibility study of the development of short-distance maritime transport.
The Meso-american short-distance maritime transport feasibility study seeks to define a strategy for promoting the development and modernization of maritime transport in the area for travel over short distances.
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.
Central America's short distance maritime transport project (TMCD, Spanish Acronym) is advancing. Feasibility studies have determined that with little investment, the 49 ports located in Central America and Mexico, "could be adapted for short distance passenger and cargo transportation, as it is done in Europe".
Port authorities from Central America and the Dominican Republic are studying plans to cut costs of cargo handling.
The proposal is currently under review at a meeting in Nicaragua of Central American port officials who fear that high handling charges could eat into the benefits to be gained from a trade association with the European Union.
Strategically located on the western Gulf of Mexico, Port Corpus Christi is the sixth largest port in the United States in total tonnage.
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