The central government is praising the success of concessions that are operating the Caldera docks.
The government said Thursday that the wait time for grain ships has been reduced 87 percent from 2013 to 2015 and that overall productivity has increased 53.8 percent over the same period. The wait time for container ships has gone down 50 percent, said the government.
A big reason for the change has been the investment of some 6.5 billion colons, about $12.25 million.
The Sociedad Portuaria de Caldera, Sociedad Portuaria Granelera de Caldera and SAAM de Costa Rica are the concession holders who took over the public dock.
Unlike the workers at the docks in Limón and Moín, those employed at the Caldera docks accepted payments to terminate their government positions.
The operations are overseen by the Instituto Costarricense de Puertos del Pacífico.
Caribbean dock workers are aggressively opposing a new $1 billion container-handling facility that is a concession.