The port of Lázaro Cárdenas. The port of Lázaro Cárdenas.

Capacity way up at Lázaro Cárdenas port

Port can move 49 million tonnes with opening of 10-billion-peso container terminal

A new container terminal was opened officially on Tuesday at the port of Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán, where more than 10 billion pesos (about US $533 million) was invested in a project that significantly increases the port’s capacity.


President Enrique Peña Nieto and Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen officially opened the facility, operated by APM Terminals, the ports division of Danish multinational Maersk, the world’s largest container ship operator.

Lázaro Cárdenas is Mexico’s busiest port and considered one of Latin America’s most important.

“With this project we are practically doubling the capacity from 27 million to 49 million tonnes,” Peña Nieto said, while Maersk general manager Soren Skou stated that the semi-automated terminal will be the most modern in Latin America.

It has been designed to meet the needs of ships that carry up to 15,000 containers and will have the capacity to move more than 1.2 million of those containers per year. The world’s largest container ships, the Maersk Triple E class, can carry 18,000.

Skou recognized Mexico’s openness to trade, which he believes is a key to economic development. “Mexico is open to the whole world and is diversifying its exports. Our role is to facilitate and support global trade,” he said.

Prime Minister Rasmussen also recognized free trade as a key to economic success and, in a clear reference to tensions between Mexico and the United States, said that countries should destroy trade barriers and not build walls. “It’s not a zero-sum game but about giving everyone the chance to win,” he said.


He cited the globalization of Danish shipping companies as enabling them to reach a point where they are now transporting one in every seven containers worldwide.

Peña Nieto mirrored the words of his Danish counterpart by saying, “(With this project) we are reaffirming our commitment to free trade, to the opening up of the world, to the building of bridges that join us to other parts of the world and to this formula and mechanism that brings well-being to our societies.”

The capacity of Mexico’s ports has increased from 260 million tonnes in 2012 to the current 406 million. Peña Nieto’s goal is to further increase capacity to 500 tonnes by the end of his six-year term next year.

The new terminal at Lázaro Cárdenas is the first of a three-phase expansion at the port.

At 5 million containers per year, Mexico handles the third highest number of containers in Latin America behind Brazil with 9 million and Panama with 7 million.

Source: Reforma (sp)

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  • Mike S

    While Trump insults and builds walls and tears up trade agreements, Mexico builds ports. Mexico’s economy is on the move long-term.

    • People who sneak into a country illegally have no moral grounds for being “insulted.” Since there are so many of them, a nice, high wall is quite appropriate.

      • Mike S

        Many things wrong with your thinking:

        1. Number of undocumented residents from Mx has been declining last 8 years so why a $30 billion wall all the sudden?
        2. Fastest growing group of undocumented residents is now coming from Asia as “over stays” and slipping in from Canada.
        3. Forty % of undocumented Mexican residents came in legally and are “over stays”- most of whom will eventually return to Mx. No wall will change that.
        4. Most of the long-term undocumented Mexicans living in the US with US citizen children were lured north with promises of jobs and totally lax labor hiring laws and wide open borders before 2005. We have a responsibility to those people.
        5. If you really want to shut down illegal immigration all you have to do is enforce labor hiring laws with some teeth. Nobody ever goes to jail or pays serious fines for violating labor hiring laws because GOP business interests want it that way.

        Building a $30 billion ugly wall and insulting the Mexican people and breaking up families is what Trump does to fire up his bigoted political base. And by the way, I seriously doubt if more than 10% of this wall will ever be built- it’s all political grandstanding. Trump is a disaster.

        • More on thinking, clear and less clear:

          1. Declining illegal rate does not mean they’re not still sneaking in.
          2. That more Asians are sneaking in via other routes is irrelevant to the topic at hand. Wall.
          3. That many illegals come legally and overstay does not mean a wall will not deter those who prefer other entry routes, and that’s lots of them.
          4. Doesn’t matter what “lured” illegals “with US citizen children” (nice touch! Irrelevant) north, they still knowingly broke the law. The U.S. has no responsibility for them. They are law-breakers.
          5. You are quite right. Enforce hiring laws. And also build a wall.

          Both parties and people who vote for them are responsible for the current mess. GOP “business interests” want cheap labor? Sure. Leftist Democrats in California and New York want cheap maids and gardeners? No doubt.

          • Mike S

            I believe the topic at hand is the sensibility and practicality of building a $30 billion ugly wall. They will stop “sneaking in” when people stop illegally hiring them. But enforcing labor hiring laws with teeth against the business class is not as appealing as ignorant whites at Trump rallies screaming “build the wall” and “how high…30 feet!”. And a fear-mongering Trump stereo-typing those hard working poor people as “rapists and criminals” when statistics show they have half the US violent crime rate; it is pure demagoguery. Undocumented Mexicans had nothing to do with the GREAT BUSH RECESSION of 2008 or the proceeding housing bubble. Take a look at Wall Street and Big Banks for some answers there. And illegal Mexicans had nothing to do with 20,000 factories closing down and moving to China or workers being replaced by automation and software. I am all for controlled and legal immigration, deporting recent arrivals and people who commit serious crimes, but when laws were deliberately ignored and people are basically invited in and given jobs and start new lives and have children and put down roots- yes we do have responsibility to those long-term law-abiding residents. Trump and others on the right are trying to scapegoat US economic problems on the poor and defenseless as often happens during an economic down turn. Again, the undocumented US Mx population is declining as law breakers and recent arrivals have been deported the last 8 years. We don’t need no sticking ugly $30 billion wall; we do need labor hiring laws enforced. You need to get out of your right-wing simpleton echo-chamber.

          • I am shocked! To hear a man of the left blaming the victim! Shocked!

            If my Mexican paisanos did not sneak into the United States illegally, the wall would not be necessary. My Mexican paisanos are the perpetrators. The United States is the victim. More correctly, the citizens are because the government — both parties — have been enablers.

            And you, mi amiguito, are blaming the victim. Tsk, tsk. If this gets out, you’ll never be welcomed at a get-together of the ACLU or NOW ever again. Best we keep this quiet. For your sake. Go and sin no more.

          • Mike S

            They are not “sneaking in”, they are being lured by people willing to illegally hire them and exploit them without consequences. My god man, give the hard-working, law-abiding, ones who have been here a long time with roots and US born children a path to legal status. Same for those brought here as children a long time ago. You seem to think that all undocumented people are the same and can suddenly be discarded like so much trash? As far has Trump’s asinine wall goes, simply enforce labor hiring laws with some teeth. You and the Hannity, Limbaugh, Coulter, Dobbs fear crowd make me ill. By the way politically I am an independent and a former moderate Republican until the Tea Party & NRA left me- I didn’t leave them. I am a retired small businessman who met a 25 person payroll every 2 weeks for 30 years so I know something about hiring laws and what goes on.

  • Hooray for capitalism!

    • GALLO

      don Felipe is one of those soulless strivers who pulls the ladder up after him! May God have mercy on his immortal soul…..