RFQ launched for Panama terminal

The request for qualifications (RFQ) has been issued by the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) to build a terminal at Corozal on the Pacific side of the canal.

Under a 20-year concession agreement, with an option to extend it for an additional 20 years, the RFQ is seeking interested parties to design, develop, finance, build, operate and maintain the Corozal Container Terminal.   

The new terminal will be located in the area of Corozal at the east bank of the waterway of the Pacific side of the Panama Canal, where more than 14,000 vessels transit every year.      

It is expected to be built in two years through a two-stage process. The first phase will involve construction of a berth able to contain three Postpanamax ships simultaneously plus a container yard, gates, buildings, operational facilities and any other operational infrastructure such as services, utilities, lighting, and signalling.       

The second phase involves an additional berth able to accommodate two Postpanamax ships at the same time, plus all related facilities.        

Once completed, the terminal it is expected to handle a throughput of approximately of five million TEUs (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit) per year, of which three million should be reach at the end of the first phase and the remaining two during the second phase.        

The infrastructure must be a “Green Terminal”, with anti-noise perimeter walls and electrical devices producing zero carbon emissions.    

 HDR, Worley Parsons and Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) are advising the authority.

Parties interested have until 3pm local time on December 30 to submit a statement of qualification to the contracting officer.     

After a call for expression of interest launched on October 23, 11 companies showed interest in participating in the project:     

  • Terminal Investment Limited (TIL) (Netherlands)
  • Eurogate & Co. (Germany)
  • Carrix and Affiliates (Manzanillo) (USA)
  • Hyundai Engineering & Construction (Korea)
  • APM Terminals (Netherlands)
  • Ports America (USA)
  • CMA-CGM (France)
  • Evergreen (Taiwan)
  • China Shipping Ports Development & China Harbour Engineering Company (China)
  • Hamburger Hafen Und Logistik AG (Germany)
  • Panama Ports Company
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