El Salvador: Puerto La Unión Starts Operating Without Cranes

Port authorities decided to open the port in a month and a half, even though it lacks the necessary infrastructure.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

For the moment, cargo will be loaded and unloaded using the cranes available at the ships, until high capacity cranes arrive on May 2011.

Guillermo López Suárez, president of CEPA (Ports Commision), told Elsalvador.com: “…at first cargo movement will be modest, but as we deploy more specialized equipment we will lure more customers”.

Initial cargo movement is estimated at 50.000 TEUs (20 feet containers) a year.

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