Costa Rica: $4.5 Million in Public Tourism Investment

Works include rebuilding and maintaining Puntarenas and the new sea park of Caldera.

Monday, April 4, 2011

In Puntarenas, authorities will invest $3 million to build a two storey building for a bar and restaurant plus an area for two pools.

Once construction is complete, the Municipality of Puntarenas “will be responsible of putting out to tender the administration of the recreation center, with support from the Costa Rican Tourism Institute”.

Afterwards, authorities will develop the Caldera Water Park, which, at a cost of $1.5 million, will feature parking, green areas, kid’s area, showers, bathrooms and kiosks.

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New Operator for Puerto Caldera

February 2017

Authorization has been given to the sale of 51% of the shares of the two concessionaires of the port terminal in Caldera to the multinational logistics company SAAM, for $48 million.

From a statement issued by from Incop:

The new shareholder is one of the largest operators worldwide of SAAM-Ports port and has extensive experience in handling bulk cargo and containerized cargo. 

The Success of the Puerto Caldera Concession

May 2016

In Costa Rica growth in the port's productivity since it was granted in concession to private companies is in sharp contrast to the general stagnation of state-owned enterprises.

From 2013 to 2015, average productivity of ships in Caldera grew by 53.8%, while waiting times were reduced by 87% (gong from 160 hours to 20 hours) for bulk carriers and 50% (from 26 to 13 hours) for containerships.

Mismanagement Delays Costa Rican Ports

February 2014

Excessive paperwork is delaying investments in the country's ports, while authorities blame each other for the problems.

Planned investments in the ports of Limón, Puntarenas and Caldera have been slowed by excessive paperwork and the lack of accountability of the authorities, who blame each other for the delays.

Construction Begins on Caldera Bulk Terminal

February 2013

The long overdue works consist of a wharf which is 180 meters long and 14 meters deep, which will optimize the arrival of grain, flour, and building materials to the Pacific port of Costa Rica.

The announcement was made by the CEO of Costa Rica Pacific Ports (Incop), Uriah Ugalde, at an official ceremony in which the government gave the order to begin construction of the new pier at the port in Caldera.

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