Losses Due to Lack of Port Infrastructure

Only days after two shipping companies announced the partial suspension of their operations in Puerto Santo Tomás, authorities at the terminal reported that 90% of the Salvadoran cargo has been lost.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The president of Empresa Portuaria Santo Tomas de Castilla (Empornac), Bayron Monterrosa, explained that they have lost almost all of the cargo from El Salvador, which represented 20% of the port terminal's operations. 

The difficulties that Santo Tomás de Castilla Port has are mainly derived from delays in the processes and operations, due to lack of investment in infrastructure and machinery. 

In this complex context the authorities generated positive expectations with the announcement of a new route to Mexico, but days later it was learned that " ... the Port had to postpone the start of a route in Puerto Morelos, Mexico, until they have the capacity to implement it. " 

Regarding the reduction in the operation of the shipping companies, " ...The Association of Shipowners of Guatemala (Asonav) emphasized that two companies (Maersk Line and Seabord Marine) have temporarily suspended operations in Puerto Santo Tomás de Castilla, but are not withdrawing from the country." 

The president of Asonav, Luis Rolando Coronado, explained to Elperiodico.com.gt, " ... One of the limitations of this port is the dock, since, due to the size of the ships, of the six berths it has, they are reduced to three or four. This is compounded by the lack of equipment and modernization plans, in addition to problems of an administrative nature." 

See articles "Shipping companies go from Empornac to Puerto Cortés temporarily" and "Cargo from El Salvador is Lost" (in Spanish).

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