Rhuggenaath: “Let’s end debate on port concession”
WILLEMSTAD – The stevedoring company Curaçao Port Services (CPS) recently indicated to the Minister of Economic Development, Eugene Rhuggenaath that they will suspend the negotiations for a new port concession with the government company Curaçao Port Authorities (CPA).
Rhuggenaath indicated that the CPS decision is mainly to get clarification on the negotiations. “And they are right. Because of the many public debates taking place at this time, CPS is not clear what is going on and what will happen. These discussions are not doing any good right now,” said the Minister.
The minister continues to stand behind the proposal that is currently on the table. "It's a fair deal. A proposal which is in the interest of the people of Curaçao. I am prepared to bear my responsibility, but I do that with any proposal that I bring to the Council of Ministers for approval,” said Rhuggenaath.
The proposal is based on a twenty-year concession for CPS. After this period there will be a public tender. The proposal means an end to the CPS’ monopoly in the harbor. For the duration of the concession CPS retains the right to remain in its current location on the Brion Yard. Furthermore, CPS will manage the quays and cranes and will make an investment of 50 million guilders, while CPA, as supervisor, remains responsible for the quay walls.