Decision on Container Terminal in Limon Delayed

The technical proposal by APM Terminals was accepted, while the financial terms, $246 per container, must still be approved.

Monday, January 10, 2011

The deadline the National Concession Council had to decide whether to accept or reject the proposal made by APM Terminals had expired on December 23. The analysis on the proposal is now expected to be finalized in January when a decision will be made.

The government still has hopes of awarding concession for the operation of existing ports in Limon and Moin and this extension in awarding the new container terminal might have something to do with the fact that in January 21st, elections will be held at Japdeva (port union) which will confirm or not current union authorities which are adverse to concession the ports.

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Caribbean Ports of Costa Rica On Strike

October 2014

Union members went on strike indefinitely in the port terminals of Moin and Limon, through which pass 80% of international trade by the country and the region.

Business leaders from various productive sectors reported losses caused by the strike, while managers of port administration are looking for alternative labour in order to restart the loading and unloading.

Costa Rican Ports Operating Again

June 2012

Police entered the ports of Moin and Limon, which had been paralyzed for two days because of a strike, reactivating the loading and unloading of goods.

On Tuesday 12 June, the Trade Unions of Japdeva began a strike at the ports of Limon and Moin, protesting against an award made by the Costa Rican government for the construction and operation of a dock for container ships to the Dutch firm APM Terminals.

Moin and Limon Ports Paralyzed

June 2012

The Workers Union comprising of Japdeva, Portuarios and Afines has gone on strike because of opposition to the construction of a private container terminal.

Staff members of the Union of Japdeva Port Associations (Sintrajap) are protesting against the concession to the Dutch firm APM Terminals to build a container terminal in Moin, an investment project costing $22 million approved by the Controller General of the Republic.

Union Twists Government’s Arm

May 2011

The government of Costa Rica has put on hold "indefinitely" the process for the concession of the ports of Limon and Moin.

Caught between the demands of port efficiency by the productive sectors and the real power of the union, the Chinchilla administration has back tracked on its intention to grant concessions to private companies for the modernization and operation of the ports of Limon and Moin, and now intends to invest about $70 million to make sure that this essential modernization takes place, while keeping both terminals under the management of the Port Management Board of the Atlantic (JAPDEVA).

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