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COSTA RICA - APMT defers moín terminal opening

APM Terminals has put back until mid 2018 the opening of its Moín container terminal in Costa Rica.

The Terminal de Contenedores de Moín (TCM) was scheduled to open in January. APMT will pay financial penalties as a result of the delay.

The postponement is due to problems with defective piling. In addition, about 20 meters of the breakwater had been damaged and areas of poor soil compaction were discovered in the 40 hectare artificial island that forms the base of the new terminal.

The TCM facility is expected to have an annual handling capacity of around 2.5 million TEU by 2030.


SAINT LUCIA - Berth expansion nearly complete

Work on a new US$ 15 million berth expansion at Port Castries is on schedule for completion in early December, according to Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority.

SLASPA is extending the existing Cruise Ship Berth 1 at Pointe Seraphine in Castries in order to accommodate Quantum-class vessels. The berth is being lengthened by 48.8 meters and three additional mooring dolphins are being installed. The work is being carried out by the Dutch company Ballast Nedam International Projects.

The fully expanded berth will be ready to receive Quantum-class vessels by January. Pointe Seraphine Berth 2 will remain fully operational during this phase and able to receive vessels when they begin to arrive at Port Castries in October.

As a result of the expansion at Port Castries, Saint Lucia is hoping to record its best-ever cruise season in 2017/18 with a projected figure of over 800,000 passengers.


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