More than two billion dollars in port investments


More than two billion dollars investment now amounts port in Panama, thanks to strategies between the private and state sector, according to a senior official of the Central American Commission on Maritime Transport. (PLRadio)

In statements to Prensa Latina, the director of Maritime and Port Affairs of the regional body, José Dopeso, he said the privileged geographical position Panama Canal allowed to develop a transshipment hub, which moves 85 percent of the cargo arriving at the country’s ports.

Referring to the competition, he said that these operations exceed those in the waterway, and among potential rivals because of the volume that moved daily, mentioned the ports of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Jamaica; Cartagena, Colombia; and Mariel, Cuba, in the future.

He noted that governments must become facilitators of these processes bodies, otherwise the risk of losing the suitability runs.

In this regard, he said that recently some operators were Panamanian ports to Cartagena, because the country was established that transshipment containers must be physically inspected.

This measure brought about delays in shipments and in some cases the loss of transshipment, prompting a migration to Colombia, said the manager.

Dopeso, who participates in the XXVII Central American Port Meeting, held in this city that also gave details on the Canal Seco Honduras, where some infrastructure projects currently running.

Among them stands out for its logistical importance, the road from Tegucigalpa to San Pedro Sula, and to join the Cortés ports in the Caribbean, San Lorenzo, in the Honduran Pacific and other harbors in El Salvador through another branch, he said.

When asked about the possibility that these works jeopardize the level of competence of the Panama Canal, he said it is relative, because land transportation is more expensive, and in the former case the project responds to a different strategy.

About 40 ships daily cross the inter-oceanic route connecting the Pacific with the Atlantic by Isthmus waters, with the US and Chilean products that go to Europe, its main customers.


Ernesto Chong de León, Ernesto Emilio Chong Coronado