The Costa Rican government’s environmental agency, Secretaría Técnica Nacional Ambiental (SETENA), has approved APM Terminals’ Moín Container Terminal project, with construction to start within 30 days of 19 January 2015.
The first development phase of the US$1bn Terminal de Contenedores de Moín (TCM) will see the access channel and turning-basin dredged to 16 m, a new 1.5 km breakwater constructed with a 40 ha container yard, 600 m of quay and two berths equipped with six post-Panamax cranes.
Once the final phase is complete, TCM will have an area of 80 ha, with 1,500 m of quay, five berths, a 2.2 km breakwater and an access channel 18 m deep.
APM Terminals Costa Rica, managing director, Captain Paul Gallie, said: “APM Terminals is well aware of Costa Rica´s dedication to environmental protection, and consistent with our own corporate sustainability standards, we have complied with, or exceeded all environmental requirements, mindful of the local community in Limon and the people of Costa Rica”.
TCM’s development will be handled by the Junta de Administración Portuaria y de Desarrollo Económico de la Vertiente Atlántica de Costa Rica (JAPDEVA), the Board of Port Administration and Economic Development of Costa Rica’s Atlantic Coast.
Formal ratification of the environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) was completed by Centro Científico Tropical (Tropical Scientific Centre), which has studied, researched and conserved natural resources in Costa Rica and Latin America for more than five decades.
The Environmental License is valid for the lifetime of the project, for which a 33-year concession for the design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of the facility was endorsed in 2012.
The National Concession Council has issued a construction start order, stating that construction must begin within 30 days of 19 January 2015.
The deep-water TCM will increase the port’s annual throughput capacity by 1.3m teu at opening, with a potential build-out of 2.7m teu.
The Puerto Limón-Moín port complex is the largest in Costa Rica, handling 1.05m teu in 2013 and appearing at number 110 on CM’s World Top Container Ports 2014; it is currently limited to vessels of 2,500 teu capacity.
Costa Rica, bordering Panama to the South and Nicaragua to the North in Central America, is the world’s largest exporter of pineapples, and the fourth largest exporter of bananas.