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Port of Ponce

Can Portek revive Ponce’s hub ambitions?

First mooted as far back as 2004, Ponce’s Port of the Americas has long been a white elephant among mega container hub schemes in the Caribbean – one that made it to completion yet never really got off the ground. Until now, that is.

Over the past decade or so it seemed that Ponce in Puerto Rico had long since been pipped to the post as a potential container hub by fellow Caribbean newcomers such as DP World's Caucedo and the PSA-run Mariel and outgunned by existing hubs such as Kingston, Cartagena and MIT in Panama.

What’s more, the Ponce project had apparently eaten its way through some US$ 300 million during its development. And given the recent parlous economic situation in Puerto Rico, it’s probably money that, on reflection, the government would prefer not to have spent.

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