Costa Rica: There Will Be A Port, But No Entrance To It

The Ministry of Public Works does not know how to finance the 2.8 kilometers access road that has to build as part of the agreement with the concessionaire APM Terminals, in charge of the construction of the mega port in Moin.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Ministry officials admit they do not have any funds defined or know which company will build the four-lane road that will connect Route 32 to the entrance of the container terminal to be built by APM Terminals in Moin. According to, the ministry asked the concessionaire to take responsibility for financing and construction of the work, but apparently it offered conditions which were deemed unsuitable by Minister Segnini. adds that "... The construction of this road is one of the commitments assumed by the State in the concession contract with the Dutch company APM Terminals signed on February 13, 2012. If the road is not completed on time, the concessionaires will be able to claim millions in compensation from the country. In addition, exporters and importers would lose a $20 discount of for each container to be loaded or unloaded. "

"... The MOPT's objective is to establish the funding mechanism in January and then start a recruitment process. " The problem is that if the MOPT's execution times for this work are the same as for other projects to be executed, there will be a new port for container, but no way to get into it ...

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Opening of Moin Mega Port Delayed

June 2017

Due to several constructive defects, the Dutch company APM Terminals anticipates that the opening of the container terminal will take place in June 2018 and not in January, as originally planned.

According to authorities of the concessionaire, among the inconveniences that have occurred in the process of constructing the port terminal are poor compaction of the surface of the 40 hectare artificial island, and damages in 20 meters of the breakwater, among other things. APM Terminals estimates that the work will be completed in June 2018, and not on January 18, as indicated in the contract. 

Costa Rica: Green Light for AMP Terminals

December 2014

The Environmental Technical Secretariat has approved environmental feasibility studies presented by APM Terminals for the construction of a port terminal dedicated to container ships.

After a long process affected by intense pressures from various sectors, especially trade unions, the environmental impact study was approved by the Environmental Technical Secretariat, giving the green light to the start of construction by the concessionaire APM Terminals. According to company reports, construction could begin in less than a month.

Deadline Extendeded for Port in Moin

July 2014

APM Terminals will have until October to comply with the requirements and outstanding permits to begin construction of the container port in the Costa Rican Caribbean.

Through a consensus among the three parties (Japdeva, National Concessions Council and APM Terminals) it has been agreed to extend for a period of three months the suspension agreed last April.

The Environment As Excuse For Union Corporatism

April 2014

In Costa Rica a judicial ruling has lifted a restriction in order to advance the construction of port for container ships in Moin.

In February the Japdeva Workers Union (Sintrajap) filed a motion to prevent two km of road being built for the construction of the New Moin Mega Container port and in response to an appeal, the Administrative Court imposed as a precautionary measure suspension of the work.

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