Improvements in Puerto Santo Tomás Announced

Authorities at the Guatemalan port terminal announced that they have solved the container congestion problem reported weeks ago, and have started working on a reengineering process.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Empresa Portuaria Nacional Santo Tomás de Castilla (Empornac) reported that after implementing a series of actions of a logistical nature, they have managed to solve the problem of container saturation in that area, and their operations remain stable.

Regarding the plans for the port terminal, Dca.gob.gt reports that " ... the Department of Competitiveness at the Guatemalan Association of Exporters stated that Empornac has started an analysis to reengineer processes in the control room and the Maria Luisa entrance hall.'Three pieces of computer equipment have been installed, meanwhile progress is being made in the development of a platform that allows for traceability and automation of processes,' said the management department. "

The article adds that " ... the Port's Board of Directors indicated that the bidding processes to acquire machinery and equipment have already begun, for an amount of Q247.7 million, which corresponds to the budget expansion authorized by the Ministry of Communications." 

See "Puerto Santo Tomás tender machinery", "Puerto Santo Tomás carries out several tenders" and "Tender of geolocation system".

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