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Puerto Limon: Diversifying to survive in the face of competition

The Administración Portuaria y de Desarrollo Económico de la Vertiente Atlántica (Japdeva), operator of the port of Limon in Costa Rica, is seeking to diversify its business, focusing on conventional cargo handling.

This is mainly in order to compensate for the losses it will face when the Terminal de Contenedores de Moín (TCM) – APM Terminals container port – comes into operation in February 2019.

Two weeks ago Japdeva premiered two gantry cranes specialized in container handling. The plan of the institution is for these equipment to be used in the loading and unloading of iron, vehicles, construction materials and others when the new Moin Mega Port of Moín begins operating in February 2019.

According to an article by qcostarica.com, Japdeva faces an unprecedented challenge. According to the operator, only in the first year of operation, the TCM, concessioned to the Dutch firm APM Terminals, will assume 700,000 of the 1.2 million containers that pass through the ports of Japdeva every year. As the years progress, the new terminal will increase the number of containers mobilized until it takes on the totality of this type of cargo.

Under this scenario, the Japdeva port will only handle conventional loads, that is, all those goods that do not travel in containers, such as iron, construction materials, gas and vehicles, among others. This type of product represents approximately five million tons per year.

Today, Japdeva mobilizes 12 million tons per year between containers and conventional cargo.

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