Maritime and Port Law Proposed in Costa Rica

A bill is promoting the transfer of powers of the National Council of Port Concessions, to a Maritime Port Council.

Monday, August 20, 2012

The project, presented by Victor Granados, entitled, "Ports and Maritime Law", proposes the establishment of a Maritime Port Council, which would have as its responsibilities planning issues and sea-port policies in the country. The Maritime Port Council would become the new port authority under the command of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT).

"Today and operation and port concession schemes are disconnected. On one side, the power to grant public works concession, including port expansions, lies with the National Concessions Council (CNC). It is a body which is fully decentralized from the MOPT and has an instrumental legal identity.

There are two authorities for port administration: the Costa Rican Institute of Pacific Ports (Incop) in the case of Caldera, and the Board of Port Administration and Economic Development of the Atlantic (Japdeva), in the Caribbean province of Limon ", writes Gerardo Ruiz for

If approved the initiative would be consolidated into a single entity for concessions and port management.

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Decision on Container Terminal in Limon Delayed

January 2011

The technical proposal by APM Terminals was accepted, while the financial terms, $246 per container, must still be approved.

The deadline the National Concession Council had to decide whether to accept or reject the proposal made by APM Terminals had expired on December 23. The analysis on the proposal is now expected to be finalized in January when a decision will be made.

Concession Cartel for Limón Port Published

April 2009

The cartel was published today in the Gazette, the official newspaper of Costa Rica, starting the concession process of the Limón Port.

The cartel for the $812 million project, which was approved last week by the National Concession Council (CNC), is to be awarded this year.

Questions Over Who Grants Concessions in Costa Rica

February 2012

Legal security of certain investments may be in doubt if arguments put forward by the Legislature regarding decision-making powers of award of state property thrive.

Citing as a justification the text of Article 140, paragraph 19 of the Constitution of Costa Rica, the President of the Legislative Branch, Juan Carlos Mendoza, has expressed his conviction that it is the Legislative Assembly which is responsible for approving the concession award for a container terminal at the port of Moin.

The Success of the Caldera Port Concession

September 2012

Despite having faced union and bureaucratic obstacles, the Port of Caldera is an example of the possibility of the public concession system contributing to the economy of a country.

Before being franchised, in August 2006, the Port of Caldera mobilized 17 containers per hour - about 320 tons of goods.

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