Transfer port proposed for Costa Rica's Caribbean coast

The construction of the port was proposed for Costa Rica by American Gategay Development (Amega).

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The infrastructure would be used for big ships that cannot cross the Panama Canal; goods would be transferred to smaller vessels to continue the journey.

If the Government is interested in the project, they would then proceed with feasibility studies before granting the concession.

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Port Limón Just Became More Expensive: $950 Million

May 2010

Company Royal Haskonig conducted a study which calculated the actual cost of building and operating the new port on the Costa Rican Caribbean coast.

Back in 2004, authorities had set a reference price of $812 million. Haskonig’s figure is 17% higher.

Allan Hidalgo, executive president of Japdeva, the port authority for Limón, told BNAmericas that the study also “raised the expected return on investment from 15% to 17%, and calculated the cost of handling one container at $252, up from $169. These variations make for a more attractive project”.

Ports Operate Normally in Costa Rica

February 2010

After a leadership change in the workers’ union, a group of unionists blocked the port facilities, a situation that was promptly solved.

The new union, recognized by the Labor Ministry, supports the government's plans to grant the terminals under concession.

"As of now the port is operating normally, and the new board is expected to take office at the union's facilities today", reported

Costa Rica rejects compensation demanded by port union.

November 2008

The government said that the half a million dollar figure demanded per worker was "absurd and out of proportion."

"The demand by the union (...) is an absurd figure that is out of proportion and is not only disrespectful of the intelligence of Costa Ricans, but is also an attack directly to the heart of Japdeva (the state port company) and to the people of Limon," the government said in a release.

Costa Rican businesses demand solution to port problems in Limon

October 2008

The export and tourism sectors are demanding quick attention for the port terminals on the country's Caribbean coast.

"It is a worrying situation, many products are often affected or in the worst of cases lost due to delays in loading, a definitive decision is urgently needed, be it a concession or the construction of new ports," said Abel Chavez, president of the Chamber Pineapple and Melon Growers.