The Punta Colonet port project in Mexico’s Baja California state was “badly planned from the start,” Tomás Cortés, president of the Mexican association of port, maritime and coastal infrastructure (Amip), told BNamericas.
The project was launched for tender in 2008 but later postponed due to the global financial crisis. The transport and communications ministry (SCT) initially estimated capacity would reach 6mn TEUs by 2022, but in 2009 said it was revising the project’s scale down to 1mn TEUs/y. The work has yet to be tendered.
For the initiative to succeed, it would require construction of both a US border crossing and a binational rail crossing, according to Cortés.
“Without coordination with the US it would be difficult for this project to thrive,” the executive said.