No Vessels in Puerto La Union Since August

Carriers suggest specializing the ports of La Union and Acajutla in order to make them more attractive.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

After the first month of the port´s operation, the port showed some movement by receiving one ship per week, but since then it has remained completely inactive.

According to Maria José Saavedra article´s in, the president of the Salvadoran Association of Cargo Transport Entrepreneurs (ASETCA), Nelson Vanegas, suggested that "Puerto La Union could specialize in cooling containers and Puerto Acajutla, could specialize in grains, fuels, gases and any liquids, so that companies know best what products land on each port."

The cargo transportation costs between La Union and San Salvador, are double that of the port of Acajutla and this becomes the main reason for operators to prefer the latter. This adds to the lack of complementary investments in La Union like transportation facilities. Meanwhile, the bid process to grant the port´s operation to a private company remains stalled at political levels.

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Two Shipping Lines to Begin Operations in Puerto La Union

September 2011

The companies Hamburg Süd and APL (American President Lines) will start operating at the marine terminal from September 13.

Ships will arrive at the terminal on Tuesdays, with three ships alternating each week.

The President of the Autonomous Executive Port Commission (CEPA), Enrique Córdova, also referred to progress being made in the drafting of the decree to authorize the concession.

Japan and WB Worry for Lack of Activity at Port La Unión

October 2009

The inaugurated port remains inactive, and both Japan and the World Bank are helping for defining a concession model.

The new port is currently inactive, as there is still no definition regarding how to give it under concession to an operator. In light of this, technicians from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) are in the country gathering information about the port, in order to help design a solution.

Train Demanded for La Unión Port

April 2009

For the new port to be able to compete with other ports in the region and as an inter-oceanic canal, La Unión needs a train connection to Guatemala.

The former president of the Autonomous Executive Commission (CEPA), Hugo Barrera, said, "If the railway between La Unión Port y Santo Tomás de Castilla in Guatemala cannot be rehabilitated, it will just be another port."

El Salvador presents terms for port concession bids

June 2008

Authorities in El Salvador have presented the terms of the tender that will lead to concessions for the ports of Acajutla and La Unión.

The operator will have to invest US$95 million in the first five years, according to the terms presented by Rolando Díaz Benavides of the nation's Autonomous Executive Ports Commission (CEPA).

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