Human capital is key to maritime and logistics development

Cámara Marítima de Panamá

Discussion analyzing the issue:

As part of its efforts to boost the maritime development of Panama and its transformation into a regional logistics center, the Panama Chamber of Shipping (CMP) is holding tomorrow, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, the discussion group “Human capital: key to growth of the maritime-logistics sector”.

The event will be moderated by Engineer Zoila Castillo, of the Technological University of Panama (UTP) and will be held from 7:30 a.m., at the Berlin [...]

Panama’s ports operate at 50% of productivity

Puerto de Balboa

One of the most important challenges facing Panama is to raise the productivity of its port system, according to Joe Nicklaus, CEO of APM Terminals.

Nicklaus said that compared with other port facilities worldwide, “Panamanian ports are operating at only half their overall productivity.”

Leveling productivity is a crucial niche opportunity for the port industry, said the executive.

Besides Nicklaus, other specialists who participated in the Latam Ports and Logistic Summit agreed on the importance [...]

Direct Sale of land in Colon to SMC Barcelona, S.A.

On April 8, the Cabinet authorized the direct sale of  126 hectares on Remo Largo Island in the district of Cristobal, Colon province. The sale will be “through exceptional procedure”, i.e., directly, so that the company SMC Barcelona, S.A. can construct, develop, manage and operate a multipurpose container handling port and other complementary activities.

The five busiest ports of Latin America

Puerto de Manzanillo, Méjico

CEPAL Report

During BNamerica’s LatAm Port and Logistics Summit held in Panama City, the five busiest ports in the region were evaluated, according to the latest numbers from the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (Eclac), which looked at container movement in TEUs from 2013. The results are:

Colón, Panama:

1.68mn TEUs

Although container movement at Panama’s Colón port was down 5.3% in 2013 compared to 2012, with 1.68 million TEUs moved, [...]

Cargo arrival down by 40% in Venezuela

Puerto de La Guaira

Restraints on the sale of foreign currency are the reason for slow seaport operations in Venezuela. The activity has plunged 80% said Customs agencies.

Restrictions on the sale of foreign currency by the Venezuelan authorities have translated into a slowdown in the arrival of cargo, and a lower supply of goods in the domestic market.

Based on the estimates issued by importers and Customs agents at Puerto Cabello, imports in January-February 2014 plummeted by around [...]

Corozal port project attracts more interest

El proyecto del Puerto de Corozal está suspendido por el momento

The Panama Canal expansion has highlighted the need to build new ports in the country, especially on the Pacific.

An initiative was put forward by the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) to create a new terminal in the Corozal area, on land that belongs to it.

Results of the preliminary study to construct this port have been positive, but the matter was put on stand-by until the works of the third set of locks are concluded.


Port of Malaga readies for Canal expansion impact

El Puerto de Málaga busca extender sus servicios en Panamá

Senior representatives of the Port of Malaga, Spain, met with the Minister of the Presidency, Roberto Henriquez, to show their interest in links and exchanging information with the Panamanian authorities for the international business and economic impact the Panama Canal expansion will have when it is completed by mid-2015.

The Spanish delegation included the president of the Port of Málaga, Paulino Plata, the director of the maritime terminal, José Moyano and the director of the [...]