Lawsuit Against Mega Port in Costa Rica Rejected

A legal action challenging the constitutionality of granting in concession of Moin Container Terminal argues that it should be approved by the Costa Rican Congress.

Friday, November 29, 2013

The Constitutional Court has dismissed the action against the General Law on Concession of Public Works and the contract for extending the design, construction and operation of the Moin Container Terminal (TCM by its initials in Spanish), presented by the Union of Workers at the Administrative Board for the Port and Economic Development of the Atlantic Coast (Sintrajap).

According to Sintrajap the granting of the TCM should be approved by the Legislature. However, the decision issued by the Board is to hold to the contract signed in 2012 between the state and APM Terminals for the construction and operation of the mega-port.

The Board "based its decision in the last paragraph of Section 14, Article 121 of the Constitution" which does not prohibit special concessions issued for a limited time or by another law," reported

According to the CEO of APM Terminals, Rogelio Douglas, the resolution will allow construction to start on the mega-port in the first quarter of 2014 and operations will begin in 2016. He added that the obstacles that they have faced have led to an increase in the price of the work which initially was estimated at $1 billion.

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