Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Las Vegas Eyes Punta Colonet Mega-Port, Wants Highway to Phoenix to Handle Cargo

According to today’s Las Vegas Sun, that city’s planners are keen on building a four-lane highway, Interstate 11, to connect Vegas and Phoenix, the two largest cities in the country not linked by an interstate highway. The importance of this project is the pending construction of a mega-port at Punta Colonet, Mexico. “China is negotiating with Mexico for the development of a deep-water port at Punta Colonet in Baja California and the proposed I-11 is viewed as an important link to transport goods arriving at that port to the western United States,” the paper reported. The expert who spoke on the subject at a Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority meeting was Tom Skancke, president of The Skancke Co. Ltd. and a transportation consultant to the Authority.

Punta Colonet Multimodal Transport Project is “Viable” Says Mexican Government; Construction Will Begin During Calderon’s Term

In a July 9, 2010, announcement, Mexico’s Department of Communications and Transportation (SCT) reaffirmed the government’s commitment to building the mega-port at Punta Colonet, on the country’s Pacific Coast. The port project is “viable and of great significance for the Federal Government”, the agency said.  On its website, the agency says, “The SCT is coordinating efforts with various agencies for the bidding process and start of construction of this important logistics complex under the present Administration.” (President Felipe Calderon’s term ends in December 2012.)

The agency adds that the Punta Colonet project and others across Mexico are intended to “maximize the benefits of the country’s strategic geographic position and its extensive network of trade agreements, to convert Mexico into logistics platform in world trade.”

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Monday, July 12, 2010

California Ports Have Union Problems, Making Punta Colonet Mega-Port More Attractive

Union workers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach helped make the case for construction of the mega-port at Punta Colonet, Mexico, by staging a strike for 11 days, ending today… a strike in which arbitrators ruled the workers (900 clerical employees) were negotiating in bad faith with the 14 shipping companies that do business at the ports. In all likelihood, the Punta Colonet mega-port will not be unionized, guaranteeing a continuous flow of goods from Asia to the U.S. and Canada. The clerical workers had twice tried to shut down loading and unloading at five terminals; both times arbitrators ruled against them. There’s still no contract in place and the union says it is appealing the rulings against them. The ports could still be shut down in the coming days.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Punta Colonet is Mexico's "Most Important Project"

While some projects in Mexico's National Infrastructure Program are being canceled, the mega-port at Punta Colonet is still moving ahead, according to Deputy Secretary of Transport Humberto Trevino. Speaking this week in Puerto Vallarta at the Tenth National Forum on Transport of Goods, he said that the recent downturn in the global economy has set back many programs, but as for Punta Colonet, "the most important federal project", "the administration will continue pushing it".