Costa Rica: Moin Port Terminal Overcomes New Obstacle

The project for construction of the Container Terminal (Terminal de Contenedores) has triumphed over the two lawsuits that sought to curb its award.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Controller General's Office flatly rejected as inadmissible (the union has no legitimate interest, and is not a bidder in this process) the appeal filed by the Workers Union JAPDEVA (SINTRAJAP) against the award of the project to the Dutch firm APM Terminals.

The Controller's position comes after a rejection made on Friday 15 April this year by the Administrative Law Court who dismissed the “medida cautelar” (legal request to stop the project) filed by the National Banana Workers Association (Canabae), one of the 34 associations who would be users of the port.

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