El Salvador: La Union Port ready for operation

The La Union Port, which was built at a total cost of $161 million, is ready to receive the first shipments at the end of this month.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Unless the decision is not made to turn over the port partially or fully in concession to a private party to operate it, the first ships could be docking at the new and modern infrastructure in the short term.

"We are finalizing the project. The final date is November 29 of this year, according to the contract, and we can say that it will be ready for operations," affirmed Andres Abelino Cruz, head supervisor from the Autonomous Port Executive Commission for the port development project.

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Tender Announced for Port of La Union

December 2012

In April 2013 an international tender process will be launched for the operation of the container terminal.

According to the President of the Autonomous Executive Port Commission (CEPA), Alberto Arene, the winning firm will be chosen in September.

Laprensagrafica.com reports that "during the first quarter of 2013 the final version of the tender documents will be drafted, along with a model of the contract to be signed with the future operator". CEPA will hand over operation of container terminal in December 2013.

Port of La Union Continues to Drift

January 2012

Even though the few ships that dock in La Union are not sufficient to cover operating expenses, plans are afoot to spend $25 million on dredging an access channel.

Cleaning the canal to make its depth 9 meters at low tide and 11 at high tide, would increase maritime operators' interest in including the port of La Union in their transportation routes by sea.

Requirements Defined for Puerto de La Union Concession

June 2011

The Salvadoran government has announced the conditions to be fulfilled by companies who operate, under the form of concessions, at the new port.

Having a minimum capital of $50 million and experience in cargo handling of at least 800 000 TEUs (a TEU is equivalent to a 20-foot container) are two conditions that companies who choose to participate in the tender for the concession of the port must comply with.

El Salvador: Port La Unión is Inaugurated Amidst Controversy

June 2010

According to private operators, shipping companies will continue using port Acajutla, so the new port would only generate losses for the Salvadoran state.

The port, completed on January 2008, has been inoperative since then, because it lacks the necessary equipment, and because the government has not yet defined and approved a concession model for a private operator.

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