“LCT brings a much-needed deep-water container-handling facility to the country and will provide strategic links to global carriers by facilitating the movement of cargo between the Pacific region and the Mexican hinterland,” said President Calderon.
HPH first invested in the Port of Lazaro Cardenas in 2003 when it reopened a single-berth terminal, and made a commitment to transform and expand the terminal into a modern container-handling facility.
The expansion programme includes the construction of a new 600 m quay, a 48 ha yard incorporating an additional 250 reefer plugs, and an area of 7,000 sq m for a container freight station (CFS). It also covers the modernisation of intermodal connections for more efficient cargo movement through the port to other cities in Mexico and to the southern US border by rail. In addition, a dedicated area has been set up for railroad, truck and reefer cargo customs inspection.
Currently, 350 m of the new quay are operational, with the remaining 250 m scheduled for completion by April 2008.
When all phases are complete, LCT will comprise four berths on a continuous quay of 1,425 m with alongside depths up to 18 m and a total yard area of 122 ha.