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Clean up, Clear out, and Spruce-up: Port of Acajutla El Salvador Gets Investment Dollars

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An ambitious investment plan to improve infrastructure and services at the Port of Acejulta, El Salvador is expected to expedite shipments and raise $32 million in revenue in its first year, an estimated 50% increase over the prior year.

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Acajutla generate $ 32 million revenue in 2012

The administration of the port of Acajutla expects the terminal to generate $ 32 million revenue for 2012. The port manager, Roberto Mendoza, reported that this is the projection after the $ 29 million obtained in 2011.

This calculation does not include a change in rates that are working, said Mendoza.

However, the bill of costs is also high and this year expected to reach $ 17 million.

Last year, this item is allocated $ 15.5 million.

In 2011, the terminal moved 4.1 million tons of goods, up 12% compared to the 3.7 million recorded in 2010 but still below the 4.4 million tons that passed through its facilities in 2008, the official said Executive Port Commission (CEPA).

Mendoza believes that the port can handle up to 8.5 million metric tons without huge investments, ie no more spring-build, but do invest in equipment and provision of services.

“We have not reached the maximum operating potential. Capacity is based on factors such as access and yields, “he says.

For best results, Mendoza said he cast in motion a plan focused on improving services and infrastructure.

This last point is to bring the depths of the moorings near its original level.

This will be done with a kind of rake that has been built by the workers of the port of Acajutla.

This apparatus is placed in one of the tugs to move the materials have accumulated in the seabed.

This method has already been tested at the port of Dunkirk, France, and the San Buenaventura, Colombia.

He explained that dredging is not, but “a deep cleaning of the sea”.

“That rake it does is to suspend the material, and put in suspension the sea change takes the material and will deposit into an area outside the port of greater depth,” said Mendoza.

Pier A today has a depth of -10.60 and -10.70 Pier B at low tide. Pier C is also close to these levels.

He said he is awaiting authorization from the Ministry of Environment to start working.

Also seek to improve the operational flow within port facilities.

Another project is to improve access number 1, where the trucks leave with merchandise.

As for services, Mendoza said he has created a unit that will analyze how long it takes to perform each process in the harbor.

His goal, he said, is that each process is automated future.

For this we have developed an investment plan, whose implementation will take three to four years, and has not yet been approved by the board of CEPA.

However, the port manager said he will start to drive it from the budget that the port is assigned to this year, amounting to $ 18 million.

From the point of view of Jose Ricardo Cruz, president of the Association of Representatives of Port and Shipping Companies (ARENEP), the important thing is that in the port of Acajutla speeding up the delivery of containers to users.

He recalled that when services were privatized loading and unloading at the docks was improved by 200%, to the point that yields increased from four to 12 to 15 per hour.

“When it has to work right now is to expedite the clearance of cargo ashore. When the broker comes out a container is bureaucratic and cumbersome, that’s where you can improve the port, “exemplified Cruz.

He said that sometimes the lines are up to 100 people. So the view that there should be more personal and always outputs allowing one or two cranes delivering containers. He noted that the manager has identified the problems and he has heard suggestions from the private sector.

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