The implementation of a technology system promised to streamline operations in the terminal, but ironically it has stalled operations since last Wednesday.
"There have been normal delays as a product of the transition from the old to the new system, including delays in dispatching containers to the railway," said Rommel Troetsch, head of corporate affairs at Panama Ports Company (PPC), adding that operations should return to normal in the next few days.
Rail transport is an important factor for strengthening the country's role as a logistics hub for the Americas.
The Panama Canal Railway Company, administrator of the Panama’s railroads, has invested about $230 million in acquiring modern equipment and improving the infrastructure of the Panama-Colón railway, a key element for a country that is trying to establish itself as the logistics hub of the Americas .
The Panama Canal Railway Company predicts that it will move 37.5% fewer containers this year compared to 2008.
The estimated number of containers for this year is 225,000, compared to 360,000 containers in 2008.
Reporter Raúl A. Beranl interviewed Thomas Kenna, President of the Panama Canal Railway Company (PCRC), for Prensa.com: “The ships are empty, there just isn’t freight to move, the factories in China are closed and the United States is in its worst crisis in 100 years…with the global recession, commercial transportation is one of the most affected sectors of the economy in any country because people stop buying, and when that happens, there isn't freight for ships, ports, trains, or trucks anymore.”
Maersk Line is the core liner shipping activity of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group, and the leading container shipping company in the world.
Operates in Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua
Phone: (507) 210-6512
Laninco is an Anglo Costa Rican freight forwarder with much experience in the field of moving small, LCL, container or Heavy Lift Project Cargo.
Operates in Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Costa Rica
Phone: (506) 2442 5105