End of La Union – Caldera Cargo Ferry

Despite the recent announcement by a Costa Rican company about the future of the operation of the Cargo ferry between El Salvador and Costa Rica, as planned, the service is still not operating and may never do so.

Friday, October 26, 2018

The option of maritime cargo transport emerged again with the objective of minimizing part of the impact that the Nicaraguan crisis has had on intraregional trade. That is why in July the governments of Costa Rica and El Salvador announced that they were already able to begin ferrying operations. See "Cargo Ferry Between La Union and Caldera Back on the Table"

In August, it was reported that Costa Rican Desacarga would be the company authorized to provide, from September, the maritime cargo service between the Salvadoran port of La Union and Caldera, in Costa Rica. However, the operation of the service has not yet begun.

Eduardo Cader, president of the Salvadoran Association of Industrialists (ASI), said to Elmundo.sv that "... The ferry project between El Salvador and Costa Rica, which has not been able to start its operation despite repeated impulses from both countries, is a very expensive alternative for importers and exporters."

On the other hand, Monica Segnini, CEO of Desacarga, explained that "... When starting the system optimization tests, 'we have identified details that need to be adjusted before starting the operation'. Among these details is the compliance of documents and the maritime conditions and infrastructure of Puerto Caldera. We had to request some adjustments for the berthing and logistical operation of our ship."

View history of failed attempts to launch the ferry cargo La Union - Caldera.

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El Salvador - Costa Rica Ferry to Operate Soon

August 2018

The Costa Rican company Desacarga will be the authorized company to provide, from September, a maritime cargo service between the Salvadoran port of La Unión and Caldera, in Costa Rica.

Monica Segnini, CEO of Desacarga, told Elmundo.sv that "... the company is 'finalizing the final details to start operating the ferry in September', which, she explained, will offer a cargo and passenger transportation service both on the Pacific coast, and on land borders."

Cargo Ferry Between La Union and Caldera Back On the Table

July 2018

In order to minimize some of the impact that the Nicaraguan crisis has had on intraregional trade, the governments of Costa Rica and El Salvador have announced that they are now in a position to start ferry operations.

After unsuccessfully trying to implement this maritime cargo transport option, in May of last year the Spanish shipping company Odiel decided to end the negotiation process to operate the ferry, due to a disagreement over the setting of tariffs that would have to be charged for the service. Since then, the project has been forgotten.  

Will there be a Cargo Ferry Between La Union and Caldera?

October 2016

In addition to the bureaucracy delaying the project, there is now also an assessment by the shipping company that will provide the service, in order to find a way to "make it profitable."

The project which was announced with great fanfare by the Solis administration one year ago, has not only failed to advance because of the need to modify the regulations on multimodal transport services, but also because now the Odiel shipping company is looking for customers and evaluating the expected profitability of the business, according to government representatives.

Bureaucracy and the Ferry Between La Union and Caldera

July 2016

A year after the announcement, the project to establish a marine cargo ferry between El Salvador and Costa Rica remains on paper.

Although it had been announced that the service would begin in late July 2016, it seems that the idea of a ferry transporting goods between the ports of Costa Rica and El Salvador at a base cost of $800 will not happen, at least for now.

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