Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) has denied formally expressing an interest in bidding for a concession at the new Port of Corozal despite being included on a list of interested operators.
On November 12, 2015, HHLA appeared on the Panama Canal Authority’s (ACP) list of 11 terminal operators who were interested in the bidding process.
However on November 27, 2015, HHLA’s head of corporate communication Torsten Engelhardt told CM: “There has been a mistake. We are not involved in that process any more.” He continued to say that the company had looked at the project but not taken their interest further than that.
Two days before, on November 25, the ACP issued a request for qualifications for companies interested in developing and operating the 5.2m teu transhipment terminal.
Each bid must be led by a terminal operator with at least six container terminals, a combined throughput of 6m teu and two terminals of at least 1m teu. Operators must also have been involved in designing and building at least one terminal in the last ten years which had a capacity of 1m teu or more.
The other terminal operators included on the ACP’s list of interested parties are: MSC-owned Terminal Investment Limited, Carrix-owned SSA Marine, Hyundai Engineering and Construction, Maersk-owned APM Terminals, Ports America, CMA-CGM, Evergreen, China Shipping Ports Development and China Harbour Engineering and Hutchison-owned Panama Ports Company.
At the time of publication, the ACP had not replied to a request for comment and a spokesperson for Eurogate declined to comment on whether it was rightly included on the list or not.