Interest in Regional Maritime Routes Project

Six consortiums have expressed an interest in carrying out a feasibility study of the development of short-distance maritime transport.

Friday, August 13, 2010

The Meso-american short-distance maritime transport feasibility study seeks to define a strategy for promoting the development and modernization of maritime transport in the area for travel over short distances.

The Panamanian Martime Authority received expressions of interest in the project from several engineering, transport and project management consortiums: Nathan Associates Inc. in association with Spim SL y Maritime & Logistics Consulting Group S.A.; Abarloa 2 A.I.E.; Técnica y Proyectos S.A. and IRITEC engineers; Louis Berger International Inc; Alatec Ingenieros Consultores y Arquitectos, S.A. and Inecon, Ingenieros y Economistas Consultores, S.A.

"The project represents one of the components of the Meso-american development plan agreed in 2008 and seeks to increase trade across the region by ship or land," reports

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