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Legal intervention over at TCQ
Alexander Aizenstatd, the interventor appointed by Guatemala’s Extinción de Dominio Court to oversee Terminal de Contenedores Quetzal (TCQ), has confirmed that, during his time there, no further complaints or legal action had been brought and that his job is now ended. 19 Jul 2017 - Port Strategy
TCP fined again; second box terminal mooted
In Uruguay, the National Ports Administration (ANP) has fined Terminal Cuenca del Plata (TCP) for failing to handle an agreed minimum number of containers between July 2016 and June 2017. It has therefore had to pay a total of $950,000. In June 2016, it had previously been fined $358,000. 19 Jul 2017 - Port Strategy
APMT proposes Callao design amendment
Javier Lancha, the managing director of APM Terminals Callao, has confirmed that the company put forward in March proposals to modify its existing concession contract, which currently prioritises containerised cargo. 19 Jul 2017 - Port Strategy
Veracruz stretched to over-capacity
Congestion at the Mexican Port of Veracruz has now become so bad that some consignments are being diverted to other domestic ports, claims Leobardo Saldívar, president of the National Chamber of Cargo Carriers (Canacar). 19 Jul 2017 - Port Strategy
Construction defects put back Moín opening
APM Terminals has put back until June 2018 the opening of its Moín container terminal, in Limón, Costa Rica. 11 Jul 2017 - Port Strategy
GE completes Tiplam engineering
An engineering, supply and commissioning project for Brazil’s Port of Santos has resulted in improved cargo loading, discharging and stowing efficiency. 28 Jun 2017 - Port Strategy
Latin American box traffic in decline
The latest port ranking table published by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL) shows that container traffic in 2016 dropped by 0.9%, reinforcing the overall negative trend in recent years. 20 Jun 2017 - Port Strategy
Further Panama Canal extension mooted
If demand warrants it, the Panama Canal could be further extended before 2025, according to Canal administrator, Jorge Quijano. 20 Jun 2017 - Port Strategy
Brazil announces new infrastructure investment plan
The Brazilian government is putting together a new infrastructure investment plan – Advance – to replace the Accelerated Growth Programme, first introduced in 2007. This latest initiative has been motivated by the 1% growth in GDP recorded in the first quarter of this year. 20 Jun 2017 - Port Strategy
New Veracruz terminal tender
In Mexico, Veracruz port authority (API) has issued a tender for the construction and operation of a new terminal in the port’s expansion area in Vergara Bay. This replaces an earlier tender that had to be withdrawn upon the insistence of the competition authority (Cofece). 20 Jun 2017 - Port Strategy
Outeiro construction mothballed
All work has ceased on the construction of Terminal Portuário de Outeiro, in the city of Belém, in the Brazilian state of Pará. 20 Jun 2017 - Port Strategy
Argentina earmarks $118m for BA port improvements
Argentina’s central government and the regional administration in Buenos Aires are to invest $118m in ports in the Buenos Aires metropolitan region to boost their competitiveness. 09 Jun 2017 - Port Strategy
New political scandals undermine Brazilian reform
Specialists in the Brazilian ports sector believe that the latest set of political corruption scandals could undermine recent changes to ports legislation that seeks to modernise the industry and speed up investment. 01 Jun 2017 - Port Strategy
Brazil changes to boost port appeal
Brazilian Transport Minister Maurício Quintella has revealed that changes to legislation signed by President Michel Temer could attract up to $7.5bn in the ports sector. 23 May 2017 - Port Strategy
Tampico terminal to be tendered
In Mexico, Tampico port authority is progressing a tender for the construction, fitting out and operation of a common user multipurpose terminal. 23 May 2017 - Port Strategy
Brazil enacts port extension legislation
New rules to draw investments in ports have been enacted in Brazil at an event attended by President Michel Temer. 17 May 2017 - Port Strategy
ACP to re-tender Corozal box terminal
In Panama, the Board of Directors of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has given the management team authorisation to go ahead with a possible new tender for the proposed container terminal at Corozal Oeste. 16 May 2017 - Port Strategy
Major access improvements for Colombian ports
In Colombia, both the Ministry of Transport and the National Roads Institute (Invías) are planning to put tenders out in 2018 to improve access channels to the ports of Cartagena and Buenaventura. 16 May 2017 - Port Strategy
APM Terminals rejects Fentenapu accusations
APM Terminals’ proposal to the Peruvian government to improve and optimise its North Terminal at the port of Callao to reflect changes in the Peruvian market continues to court controversy. 09 May 2017 - Port Strategy
Delays expected for Moín box terminal
Costa Rica’s Ministry of Public Works & Tarnsport has asked APM Terminals for a detailed report outlining the various problems that it is facing in respect of construction of its Moín Container Terminal. 05 May 2017 - Port Strategy