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Aerial photo of La Union Port during construction in 2008. The port was completed almost five years ago but has been virtually unused because of political hangups. The port now needs another dredging. (Photo Courtesy of CEPA)

Aerial photo of La Union Port during construction in 2008. The port was completed almost five years ago but has been virtually unused because of political hangups. The port now needs another dredging. (Photo Courtesy of CEPA)

The Salvadorian Port Authority (CEPA) has at long last tendered a bid for dredging at the port of La Unión nearly five years after the port was completed, according to local news outlets. The port was built in 2005 and finally inaugurated in 2010. The port can theoretically handle 750,000 containers annually, but it has never been used due to political complications, despite $200 million in investments. In October, CEPA announced that six companies presented their documents to be considered in a pre-evaluation for bids. The six companies are Jan de Nul, Baggerbedrijf De Boer Holding, Dredging International, Boskalis International, Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors, and Rohde Nielson. The dredging is anticipated to cost $15 million. As it stands, the port has a clearance of about 9.5 meters, or 31 feet, but it will be dredged to 14 meters, or 46 feet.

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