Port of Barranquilla

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The Port of Barranquilla (officially known as Sociedad Portuaria de Barranquilla S.A.) is located at the mouth of the Magdalena River about 22 Km from Bocas de Ceniza in Colombia. The multi-purpose port, which is currently used to load coke, bulk goods, containers, and general cargo[1], formerly handled coal exports, but ceased all coal operations at the end of 2013.

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Background

On January 4, 2014, the Colombian government cited the Port of Barranquilla as one of four ports that had still not complied with new government regulations requiring all coal ports to incorporate direct loading facilities as of January 1, 2014.[2] On the same date, René Puche, president of the Port of Barranquilla, confirmed that the port was no longer in the business of exporting coal and that its final coal shipment was dispatched in November 2013. Mr. Puche added that the port would continue to export coke, for which it still has all the necessary environmental permits.[3] Officials from three government agencies - the Colombian Environmental Ministry, the Superintendency of Ports and Transport, and national environmental regulator ANLA - visited Barranquilla in early January 2014 and verified the port's compliance with the law, confirming that all coal loading and unloading operations at the port had been terminated.[4]

Project Details

  • Operator: Sociedad Portuaria de Barranquilla S.A.
  • Location: Barranquilla, Colombia
  • Annual Coal Capacity (Tonnes): N/A
  • Status: Stopped coal exports in 2013
  • Type: Exports
  • Coal source: Colombia

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References

  1. "Nuestro Negocio", Puerto de Barranquilla website, accessed May 2011.
  2. "Cuatro puertos en la mira de ANLA", El Universal, January 4, 2014.
  3. "Indicó que están dedicados exclusivamente a operaciones de cargue de Coque.", El Heraldo, January 4, 2014.
  4. "El puerto de Barranquilla sí cumple con la ley, según la revisión de Supertransporte", La República, January 7, 2014.

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