Central America's short distance maritime transport project (TMCD, Spanish Acronym) is advancing. Feasibility studies have determined that with little investment, the 49 ports located in Central America and Mexico, "could be adapted for short distance passenger and cargo transportation, as it is done in Europe".
Carlos Gonazález De La Lastra is the honorific president of the Central American Commission on Maritime Transportation, and one of the founders of this project . He was quoted by Prensa.com: "There is preliminary progress, but studies must be done on routes, cargo flows, ports and law framework in Mesoamerica".
Additionally, "The Interamerican Development Bank has shown interest in the project, and has committed a one million dollar non reimbursable loan for the realization of the studies."
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Six consortiums have expressed an interest in carrying out a feasibility study of the development of short-distance maritime transport.
The Meso-american short-distance maritime transport feasibility study seeks to define a strategy for promoting the development and modernization of maritime transport in the area for travel over short distances.
The preliminary results have been released from a feasibility study on the development of a Short Sea Shipping service in Mesoamerica.
As part of this project, a feasibility study was conducted over the last 12 months, which assessed the movement of cargo from ports with international traffic in the 49 countries that make up the Mesoamerican block (Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and the Dominican Republic).
A feasibility study has been started on a freight system between the Pacific ports of the region using shallow draft boats.
Launched six years ago, the project has now been reactivated in response to the need to seek alternatives to the increase in freight rates.
The goal is "to accelerate intraregional trade, by eliminating the passing through customs, as happens with land transport."
A feasibility study indicates that the region has economic and port potential to develop a system of short sea shipping.
After evaluating 49 ports with international traffic in the region, a feasibility study prepared by the Mesoamerica Project concluded that no large investments in access infrastructure are needed in order for ports to boost regional shipping.