The country’s world ranking for its container port in Moín dropped even further into the cellar, and the transport ministry quickly put out an almost joyful press release.
The World Economics Forum ranked Costa Rica 137 out of 142 ports,said the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes, and only earthquake-ravaged Haiti was lower in the Americas, it added.
The rankings were published in Port & Shipping News.
The evaluation is an embarrassment and the result of postponing investments in the port for 30 years, said the minister, Francisco J. Jiménez in a release.
He used the ranking to say that the development of a new
$1 billion container port by a private Dutch company should not be postponed despite opposition from union dock workers in Limón and Moín as well as opposition from some representatives of banana growers.
Jiménez also said that the port agency, the Junta de Administración Portuaria y Desarrollo Económica de la Vertiente Atlántica, should be restructured to provide better service to customers.
The port agency is facing financial troubles. The government agency runs the existing ports. Some $14 billion in exports pass through the port, and that figure is expected to rise, he said.
The Dutch firm, APM Terminals, has received a concession to construct a new port in Moín, but the plan has been attacked in the courts by opponents.