NOVEMBER 26, 2012 - VOLUME 29

  • Latin American ports ready for Panama Canal expansion
    Source: The Miami Herald, November 25, 2012

    Standing atop a hulking crane at this country’s largest Pacific port, Alejandro Echeverri pointed out scurrying workers below reinforcing pylons, preparing the ground for an extended pier and tending to a dredging boat that has been deepening the harbor.

  • Port of Houston cruise terminal finally sees regular tenants
    Source: Examiner, November 22, 2012

    Beginning late last week announcements about two new tenants coming to use the cruise terminal built for the Port of Houstonbegan circulating. This is good news as the revenue will help pay for the terminal which cost $108 million to build.

  • Cargo volumes continue to rise in Baltimore
    Source: Port Technology, November 22, 2012

    US port’s volumes up 10 percent during the first nine months of 2012. The Port of Baltimore saw cargo volumes jump 10 percent during the first nine months of 2012, when compared to the same period last year.

  • Investor prospectus for Limon, Costa Rica
    Source: Costa Rica Star, November 20, 2012

    The area related to the Port of Limon now has its own Promotion Agency, with private and public operators, and an investment guide to promote its development.

  • Manta port concession process will take place
    Source: Business News Americas, November 20, 2012

    Ecuador's transport and public works minister (MTOP), María de los Ángeles Duarte, has said construction of a deepwater port in Manta region will go ahead, with planned public investment to reach US$106mn.

  • Canadian Fednav Receives Award for Bulk Ship Operator of the Year
    Source: World Maritime News, November 20, 2012

    This award highlights Fednav’s contribution to maritime trade, as well as its leadership in the implementation of higher industry operating standards including efficiency, environmental protection, and safety.


(i) Seminar on Port Statistics (in Spanish): The CIP Secretariat is pleased to announce the "Seminar on Port Statistics" organized by the APN and the CIP of the OAS, to be held on November 29-30, 2012 in Lima, Peru.

(ii) Visit the "CIP-web foto" Official of the CIP to see the pictures of the XII Ibero-American Course on Technology, Operations and Environmental Port Management organized by Puertos del Estado de España and the CIP/OAS in Santander, Spain. More information

(iii) M.Sc in Maritime Affairs: Organized by the World Maritime University to be held from September 2013 to November 2014 in Malmo, Sweden. There are some donor fellowships available, but there are limited to citizens form the least-developed countries. If you wish to apply it is very important that the applications are submitted to the University by the end of January 2013. For more information please visit the site:

(iv) The Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management (CoMEM), is a two-year English taught international Master's programme. The programme is offered by a consortium of five recognized European universities. During the programme, students study in two or three different countries depending on the individual track of study. For more information about the programme and scholarship please visit the site:

(v) CIP Magazine Volume 17:The CIP Magazine Volume 17 is in preparation and is hosted by the Venezuelan Port Authority through Bolivarian Ports S.A. The edition will include information about the port system of Venezuela, its present and projects. The volume also includes information on ports across the continent. There is still time to include advertising of your company or institution. Those interested can contact the editors at e-mail

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