Ports: Acajutla Hostage to La Union

A conflict of interest between the two ports has been revealed following a demand for the concession of the Puerto de La Union to include the Port of Acajutla.

Friday, May 6, 2016

The failure of the Puerto de La Union - the concession for which no longer even has any suitors - has a basic cause: neither today- nor in the medium term- is there enough maritime traffic for both terminals to have enough work.

This is what has now been implicitly recognized by the president of the Autonomous Executive Port Commission (CEPA), Nelson Vanegas, who "... yesterday said that the companies with who they are still holding talks in order to find a concessionaire to manage the Port of Central American Union, have completely ruled out the option of participating if a new tender for the terminal is launched, similar to the contest that was launched in September 2014, in which the operation of that port alone was offered" according to an article on Elmundo.sv.

The manager of CEPA stated, "... We are still talking with companies, it is they who have expressed that the decision that they would not be willing to participate in a new tender process if the concession is only for the port of La Union ".

See: articles related to 'A White Elephant' in La Union
See: More Delays in Award of Puerto La Union



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Concession of Port La Union Continues to Cause Polemic

October 2018

The representatives of the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador reported that a U.S. company decided to withdraw from the tender process for lack of transparency, which is denied by Cepa.

Without giving details of the name of the company for security reasons, this week the counselor of Public Affairs of the U.S.

Endless Tender for Puerto La Union

October 2018

CEPA authorities in El Salvador announced that they are still drafting the bases for re-tendering the concession for the port terminal operation.

In August, the authorities of the Executive Autonomous Port Commission (CEPA) reported that in October they planned to publish the tender documents to manage the Port La Union. However, recently announced that the bases are not yet ready.

New Attempt to Tender Puerto La Union

August 2018

Authorities at the CEPA in El Salvador announced that in October they plan to publish, once again, the tender to grant the operation of the port terminal in concession.

In September 2017, here at CentralAmericaData we published: "Almost nine years after its inauguration, Puerto La Union in El Salvador is still not operating to its full capacity, and two years have now passed without a private company managing to take over its operation."

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.

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