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Cruise Terminal Administration attracts 10 companies

Posted on 2020-02-01

The delivery date for proposals to manage the port was changed from February 17 to March 20.
About 10 companies have shown interest in participating in the tender for the contract to manage the cruise terminal that is built on Perico Island, on the Amador Causeway, a project that must be operational in the last four months of this year.
This is the second call made by the Maritime Authority of Panama (AMP), after the Government of Laurentino Cortizo, canceled the process that had begun the past administration, alleging "inconsistencies" in the specifications.
Companies such as Colón 2000 (which manages the home port in the province of Colón), Manzanillo International Terminal, Fuerte Amador, Global Ports Company, AB Maritime Consulting, Grupo GEN, Alcogal, IOM-Americas are some of the companies that participated in the meeting of approval that the AMP carried out to clarify the points of the specifications.
During the meeting it was specified that in addition to receiving cruises, the terminal will have other uses such as general and bulk cargo handling. The port, which will have the capacity to receive two cruise ships simultaneously, can also be used to repair boats.
The company awarded the contract will receive a concession for 20 years and not 12 years as established by the previous government. The reference price was set at 18.8 million dollars. The State, in this case, the AMP, would pay a million 63 thousand 829 dollars a year to the operator of the port terminal, which among its responsibilities must bring cruise ships to the port.
To facilitate the passenger boarding and disembarkation operation, the Cruceros del Pacífico consortium, which builds the port, composed of the Belgian Jan De Nul and the Asian China Harbor Engineering Company Limited, recommends that the company responsible for administration and maintenance from the port, install a boarding pier similar to those used at airports that will allow it to be placed at the height of the ship.
If there is high or low tide, the pier can be adapted to the vessel, as well as moving sideways to facilitate the disembarkation or boarding of passengers.
On January 6, the addendum signed by former AMP administrator Jorge Barakat, which granted an additional 309 days to the Pacific Cruises consortium, which builds the port, was completed on the Panama Buy portal. Under the contract, by October 1, 2019, the port must be able to receive vessels.
Source: La Prensa

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