Only 4 Companies Interested in Port La Union

Of the 34 global companies invited to prequalify for the "White Elephant" tender process from El Salvador, only 4 have presented their documents.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 reports that "Samm Puertos S.A., founded with Chilean capital, Grupo Maritim TCB, of Spanish origin; Bolloré Ports and Logistics, also of Spanish capital, and International Container Terminal Servicies, based in the Philippines, showed interest in participating in the tender to operate the marine terminal, and presented documents demonstrating their expertise in managing ports and their availability of capital, among other things. "

The Spanish Royal Academy defines "Elefante Blanco (White Elephant)" as something which "is expensive to maintain and has no useful purpose."

The seemingly endless process for granting a concession for operating Puerto La Union seems to at least have completed one stage, having set a closing date for submission of expressions of interest. With his unflappable optimism, the president of CEPA, Alberto Arene, said "We are pleased with the completion of this stage, because four companies who are very well represented in this sector have expressed interest in the concession for the port of La Union and they are two European companies, one American and an Asian company. We believe that these are companies which have first rate experience and are very solid. "

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A statement from the consortium Bollore / TCB reads:

Tegucigalpa, Honduras, February 13, 2013

Reference: Repeal of formal request for review and public access to documentation on the part of COALIANZA by a participant in the International Public Tender for the award of a contract for the design, financing, construction, maintenance, operation and exploitation of the Specialized Container Terminal for General Cargo at Puerto Cortés.