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Uruguay ports post contrasting figures
In 2016, port traffic in Uruguay varied considerably between ports and commodities. 22 Feb 2017 - Port Strategy
DP World invited to join El Pilar project
Gustavo Leite, Paraguay’s Minister for Industry and Commerce, has announced that DP World has been invited to join the project to build a mega port terminal at the city of El Pilar. 09 Feb 2017 - Port Strategy
New ports law for Buenos Aires
In Argentina, the undersecretary for port activities, Marcelo Lobbosco, recently met with the various heads of ports and port authorities in the province of Buenos Aires in order to discuss a proposed port law, which will be brought before the provincial government by the end of February. 09 Feb 2017 - Port Strategy
GPS error results in revamped access road at Moín
In Costa Rica, the government has requested permission from APM Terminals Moín to build an access road connection to the new container terminal using part of the original concession area. 01 Feb 2017 - Port Strategy
Ports America sniffs around Quetzal concession
In Guatemala, increasing pressure is being put on the government not to award a follow-on concession to APM Terminals for the Quetzal Container Terminal (TCQ), following its takeover of the original concessionaire, TCB Group, which has subsequently been alleged to have been involved in corruption. 01 Feb 2017 - Port Strategy
Ecuadorian port investment planned for 2017
In Ecuador, investment of at least $251.5m is planned in the three ports that the government put out to concession last year. 17 Jan 2017 - Port Strategy
Concerns over Salaverry port concession
In Peru, there is disquiet regarding the transparency surrounding the concession of the Port of Salaverry. 17 Jan 2017 - Port Strategy
Infrastructure spend in Brazil worst since 2000
A study undertaken by Pezco Microanalysis reveals that investment in Brazilian infrastructure in 2016 was the lowest since at least 2000. 17 Jan 2017 - Port Strategy
Call for Buenos Aires debate
Maritime consultant Antonio Zuidwijk writes a letter to the Editor on the need for an open discussion on the future direction of the Port of Buenos Aires 06 Jan 2017 - Port Strategy
ITF finds Chilean port structure wanting
The International Transport Forum’s (ITF) comprehensive ‘Ports Policy Review of Chile’ reveals that large gaps have opened up where regulation has not kept pace with reality. 05 Jan 2017 - Port Strategy
Peru to attract more port investment
In Peru, the Transport and Communications Minister, Martín Vizcarra, expects that a tender for the Ilo port terminal concession will be issued in April. It is currently undergoing final evaluation at the state-owned body ProInversión. 05 Jan 2017 - Port Strategy
Major port investment in Argentina
In Argentina, the ports of Quequén, Puerto Madryn, Comodoro Rivadavia and Ushuaia, as well as a new harbour at Ité Ibaté, will all receive state and private sector funding in 2017. 05 Jan 2017 - Port Strategy
Panama turnover down
Panama’s Maritime Authority (AMP) has reported a $2m cut in revenue in 2016. 05 Jan 2017 - Port Strategy
Valparaíso to study La Ligua deepwater port
Valparaíso Port Company (EPV) will shortly commence studies for a new deep water port at La Ligua. 05 Jan 2017 - Port Strategy
Contract signed for new Antioquia port
Colombia has awarded a contract to build a new multipurpose port in the Bay of Urabá. 21 Dec 2016 - Port Strategy
Progreso under anti-competition investigation
In Mexico, the federal competition body Cofece has opened an investigation into the port of Progreso, in Yucatán, where concerns have been raised over possible barriers to entry and free competition in respect of port services, maritime transport and general cargo. 21 Dec 2016 - Port Strategy
Panama’s Chamber of Commerce backs Corozal
Rommel Troetsch, president of Panama’s Chamber of Commerce, has said that it is fundamental that the country builds a sixth port to satisfy market needs and that this should be implemented as part of an industrial development plan for this sector. 21 Dec 2016 - Port Strategy
Agunsa awarded Manta concession
The 40-year concession to operate the Ecuadorian port of Manta has been awarded to Chile’s Agencias Universales S.A. (Agunsa). 15 Dec 2016 - Port Strategy
Policy recommendations for Chile’s ports
The International Transport Forum (ITF)’s latest report has highlighted policy recommendations to improve the performance and impacts of Chile’s ports. 09 Dec 2016 - Port Strategy
Judges give green light to Corozal
Panama’s Supreme Court has thrown out a motion put forward by Panama Ports Company (PPC) that the tender for the Port of Corozal infringes guarantees set out in the country’s constitution. 05 Dec 2016 - Port Strategy