El Salvador is ready to start the ferry to Costa Rica

The port of La Unión will be the epicenter of the largest cargo movement between El Salvador and the Caldera port in Costa Rica, which will allow shipping companies, logistics companies, and transport companies to launch a broad portfolio of services.

According to the presidential commissioner for Strategic Projects, Cristian Flores, the country has all the infrastructure and mechanisms necessary to launch the ferry that will connect with the port of Caldera, in Costa Rica, and the port of La Unión, in El Salvador.

«The entire engineering part of the port of La Unión is ready to be able to receive or dock without any problem a ship of any size, and at the same time, all the port areas necessary for the operation to be carried out are ready,» he explained.

He also stated that the vessel is expected to carry out between two and three operations per week and move around 150 trucks between the said ports. In addition, it is expected that there will be a significant volume of cargo movement and that it will constantly increase.

Flores said that currently there are Mexican and Spanish companies interested in the project, as well as a Costa Rican company, which will visit El Salvador in the coming days.

He added that they are currently analyzing details such as the size, operations, and placement of a floating platform, among others.

However, Flores emphasized that on the part of Costa Rica, there are still some details to polish because, due to the change in government, they had to stop the project for a few days.

«At the legislative level, we had to wait for Costa Rica to make some adjustments to the rate issue to be more competitive. We are ready, but they asked us for an extension a couple of months ago due to the government transition and they put a brake on it », he assured.

The commissioner explained that for the country, the opportunities are great since the operation will attract investors from shipping companies, and will facilitate logistics and cargo transportation between both nations.

The official commented that although the pandemic also caused a delay, he at the same time demonstrated the need to have a project like this, especially now that fuel prices are high.