Opening of Moin Mega Port Delayed

Due to several constructive defects, the Dutch company APM Terminals anticipates that the opening of the container terminal will take place in June 2018 and not in January, as originally planned.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

According to authorities of the concessionaire, among the inconveniences that have occurred in the process of constructing the port terminal are poor compaction of the surface of the 40 hectare artificial island, and damages in 20 meters of the breakwater, among other things. APM Terminals estimates that the work will be completed in June 2018, and not on January 18, as indicated in the contract. reports that "...The agreement establishes a $2,000 penalty for each day of delay in opening the port. The maximum amount for this default is $200,000. Aside from this punishment, for every day of delay in construction the State can charge a $2,000 fine."

Kenneth Waugh, general manager of the company, "... considered that the obstacles they face will give the National Road Council (Conavi) time to complete route 257 that connects the road to Limón with the megaport, which is also reporting delays."

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