Cruise Port Project Canceled

Carnival canceled a $40 million project for building a cruise terminal in the Guatemalan port of Tomás de Castilla.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Lack of agreement between owners of the land to be used for the construction, and Carnival Corporation, is hinted as the main reason for this cancellation.

Roberto Robles is the head of the Guatemalan Tourism Institute, also known as Inguat. In an interview with newspaper Prensa Libre, he explained that "the company assured, in a recent meeting, that they saw cruise tourism potential in Guatemala, 'if and when there is judicial certainty and land problems are solved'."

As the newspaper article points out, Carnival moved the investment to Honduras, with a $60 million project in the country.

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Spanish companies to study expansion of Guatemalan port

July 2008

A Spanish consortium has been chosen to do the feasibility study for an increase in capacity of the port of Santo Tomás de Castilla on Guatemala's Atlantic coast.

The consortium consists of Ingeniería Idom Internacional, Bilbao Plaza Marítima and Grupo Hidtma.
The companies chosen are experts in civil engineering, feasibility studies and port master plans, said Estuardo Vargas, general manager of the Santo Tomás de Castilla port.

Port of Santo Tomás Expansion Ongoing

July 2009

Spanish consortium "Iomm Hitma, Bilbao Plaza Marítima", presented a study on the enlargement of Guatemalan port Santo Tomás.

The study is being analyzed by the port's board of directors, and foresees extending the container terminal, the solid and liquid bulk terminals, and the construction of a new logistic center of operations.

New cruise ship terminal for Guatemala

August 2008

Officials from the National Port Company are negotiating with Carnival Corporation & Pic for the construction of a new cruise ship terminal in Santo Tomas de Castilla.

Carnival would be making an investment of $30 million to build the new terminal.
Raúl Antonio Aldana Alonzo, president of the board of directors of Empornac stated to the elPeriodico newspaper that negotiations should be completed in two months, at the latest, so that construction can begin two months after this.

Guatemala: Remodeling of port to cost more than $120 million

August 2008

The first phase of the remodeling of the Santo Tomas de Castilla Port will be done with a loan from the BCIE (the Central American Bank for Economic Integration) to build new yards for storing containers.

One of the biggest projects by the Government of Alvaro Colom and Rafael Espada, it could start before the end of the year.

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