Conflict in Panama over port zone concession

Four companies allege to have requested the concession of an area of land and sea to build a dock at La Roca in Balboa.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Three weeks ago it was mentioned that three companies had requested the concession to develop the port infrastructure at the site; these were Trans Ibérica Terminal & Services, Talleres Industriales and Atlantic Pacific S.A.

However, last week Justino Gonzalez, a lawyer and journalist, stated in his capacity as legal representative of Port & Harbour Marine Services Corp. said that this company had also requested the concession in 2005 and that the AMP had not given them a reply.

Gonzalez said that he is concerned about the irregular process and lack of transparency with which the granting of this concession has been handled to date.

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The Fight Over Puerto Corozal

November 2015

Companies interested in developing and operating the new Panamanian port will face stiff competition from Panama Ports Company, which has already prepared a plan and requested to receive the concession directly.

The operator of the ports of Balboa and Cristobal, which has repeatedly expressed opposition to the idea of ​​building a container terminal in Corozal, now wants to be its developer and operator, and it has now submitted a proposal to the Panama Canal Authority to receive a direct concession of the land located in the area.

More Auxiliary Marine Docks for Panama

August 2013

The maritime industry will have two docks for auxiliary services in the Pacific and one in the Atlantic to use as a base for providing services to ships.

According to Willys Delvalle, president of the Panama Maritime Chamber, the committee on maritime industries at the Chamber is already working on approaches with companies for projects and he confirmed that they are going to provide all services required by the industry.

Concession for Fuel Terminal

October 2011

The Panamanian Maritime Authority has directly granted a concession for a terminal with 66 fuel storage tanks in Balboa and Cristobal to a Greek company.

The company Aegean Oil Terminals (Panama), S.A., will operate the space for 20 years.

Since December 2009, the State has been in control of the 66 tanks after the concession held by company Atlantic Pacific, S.A. (APSA) expired.

Panama: Two Coast and Sea Concessions Approved

April 2009

AMP approved two of the four concessions that it was assessing yesterday, leaving two pending a resolution.

The Panamanian Maritime Authority (AMP) authorized the award of more than eight hectares to the Decal S.A. Company to build and operate a dock on the island of Taboguilla for fuel transshipment and also approved a five acre concession for Miramar Development Corp. to build a tourist marina in Avenida Balboa.

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