CMA CGM is to implement an emergency port congestion surcharge at Puerto Limón-Moin following weeks of instability at the Costa Rican port.
The surcharge of €100/teu (US$106/teu) will be placed on all import cargo transported by the French carrier to Costa Rica from December 1, 2016.
The Marseilles-based company issued a statement to customers, noting: “For several weeks, lines have been facing hectic and unstable port situation in Moin (Costa Rica), due to civil works resulting in the immobilisation and closure of one pier out of three for an indefinite period.
“In order to keep our service at the highest level you deserve, CMA CGM has no other choice but to take the necessary actions such as transferring vessels at Limón port, adjusting vessels speed…etc, all this leading to extra-costs.”
Puerto Limón-Moin is Costa Rica’s premier container port, currently servicing 80% of the country’s international commerce.
The port complex, which includes a container and general cargo terminal and a separate fuel terminal in Moin, is run by JAPDEVA, an autonomous public institution self-financed by port activity.
A spokesperson for JAPDEVA told CM that the pier which is currently closed will remain so for at least one more month.
The reason for this its closure is that the pier is being conditioned for the arrival to two new post-Panamax quay cranes, scheduled for March – April next year.
This preparation features the installation of rail infrastructure.
The pier in question has the greatest depth in the whole port complex, thus exacerbating the issue.
According to the spokesperson, the average waiting time for vessels was 17 hours in November although this was worsened by Hurricane Otto which struck Costa Rica last week.
The normal average waiting time is 15 hours when all piers are functioning, she added.