$ 15.5 Million for Works at Santo Tomás de Castilla Port

The Santo Tomas de Castilla National Port Company in Guatemala will make the investment to strengthen two berths.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The works will increase capacity of the berths to withstand cranes of over 400 tons, according to Estuardo Vargas, general manager of the port.

Prensalibre.com added some additional comments from Vargas, "The investment will avoid having ships waiting at the bay and increase the number of ships per year, because, due to lack of space, several have gone to other ports; our marketing department is currently negotiating with shipping companies to bring back those ships, some have been confirmed for the next several years, considering works will end in October."

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