Opponents study ruling that favored new terminal in Moín

Opponents of the proposed $1 billion new container terminal at Moín still are studying the 182-page decision emitted by the Tribunal Contencioso Administrativo to see if they should appeal.

The primary opponent is the Sindicato de Trabajadores of the Junta de Administración Portuaria y de Desarrollo Económico de la Vertiente Atlántica. These are the dock workers employed by the public agency who fear their jobs will be in jeopardy.

The Tribunal basically found that the government had awarded a contract to a Dutch firm correctly and legally. Defendants in the action were a host of agencies that participated in the concession process.
Banana growers also expressed their opposition. They mainly fear higher shipping costs.

The firm APM Terminals is to build the modern port and eventually turn it over to the state.

The three-judge panel issued a detailed ruling that addressed the claims of the opponents.

The court case attacked the legitimacy of the actions by the Contraloría General de la República and the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos, but the tribunal said it could find no major fault.

The case is likely to go to the Corte Suprema de Justicia and there is the chance other cases will be filed citing other grounds.

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