14 April 16

APMT’s terminal in Moín is 27% complete

The construction of APM Terminals (APMT)’s new container facilities in the Caribbean port of Moín, Costa Rica, is 27% completed with the first berth scheduled to become operational in September 2017, the Costa Rican government has announced.

The news followed a visit by the country’s President Luis Guillermo Solís and some of his ministers to the artificial island being built to house APMT Container Terminal of Moin (TCM), which is set to be able to handle a total 2.5m teu per year by 2030.

The US$1bn project is divided into three phases, with the first one worth a total of US$297m and including the construction of two berths, the second of which is scheduled to become operational in January 2018.

Once completed, the new docks will reportedly be able to receive calls from vessels over three times bigger than those the current docks are able to handle.

The Costa Rican government reported in its statement that it is currently in the bidding process to decide which company or consortium will build the last stretch of road to the new container facilities part of path 257, on which a total of approximately US$78m are being spent.

This will include the design and construction of a 2.1 km road connecting the port with National Route 32, the main road linking Limón, where the terminal will be located, to the Central Valley.

According to a statement by the government, two of the four lanes of the road are scheduled to be ready by July 31, 2017, before the first berth will open, while the remaining two are scheduled to be ready by November 30, 2017, a month before the opening of the second berth.

In 2011, APMT won an international public bid and signed a 33-year concession contract with the government of Costa Rica for the design, construction and operation of the specialised container terminal.

Source: Container Management