Port of Lázaro Cárdenas
The Port of Lázaro Cárdenas is in Michoacán, Mexico. It the largest Mexican seaport and one of the largest seaports in the Pacific Ocean basin, with an annual traffic capacity of over 30 million tonnes of cargo and 2,200,000 TEU's.
The terminal has an annual coal capacity of 5.4 million tonnes. It has been considered as a possible shipping point for coal exports from the US Powder River Basin. However, coal would have to be switched to US railway lines, and then to the Ferromex rail line at the US-Mexico border, adding switching fees to the transportation costs.
- Location: Cartagena Bay, Colombia
- Coal Capacity (Million tonnes per annum): 5.4
- Status: Operating (possible expansion)
- Type: Exports
- Source of Coal:
Background on port
Private terminals in the Puerto de Lázaro Cárdenas handle minerals, fluids, coal, and fertilizers. Carbonser operates a coal import terminal at the port capable of receiving vessels of up to 150,000 tons, with a 355-meter-long pier, a draft of 16.5 meters, and coal storage capacity of 1.9 million tonnes. Coal unloaded here is used to fuel the Petacalco power station.
Lázaro Cárdenas is home to a deep-water seaport that handles container, dry bulk, and liquid cargo. The port handled 160,000 TEU's unit in 2005 but is expanding to a capacity of 2.2 million TEU annually. Cargo moves to and from the port by road and rail equally, with rail service provided exclusively by Kansas City Southern Railway. The port is expected to become a major container facility due to congestion at the U.S. ports of Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach and its relative proximity to major cities such as Chicago, Kansas City, Missouri, and Houston. In preparation for the port's increased capacity, railway and highway infrastructure running north-south through the center of Mexico has been upgraded in recent years to handle the anticipated increase in volume of goods bound for the United States using this transportation corridor. If a proposed government-backed Pacific port is built at Punta Colonet, Baja California, goods flowing to US states like Arizona and Nevada could bypass the congested Los Angeles region with closer access to those markets, providing increased competition with Lázaro Cárdenas.
In 2008, the Port of Lázaro Cárdenas handled 20,860,647 tonnes of cargo and 524,791 (TEU), making the busiest port in Mexico and one of the largest container ports in the country.
|RoRo (nr of automobiles)||0||24,923||88,669||114,276||112,457|
|Twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU's)||43,445||132,479||160,696||270,240||524,791|
- * figures in tonnes
|Twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU's)||591,467||796,023||953,497||1,242,777||1,051,183||996,654||1,058,747||1,115,452||1,149,079|
|Total tonnes of cargo *'||19,983,520||27,827,624||29,653,152||30,671,994||32,769,610||28,189,486||26,437,913||27,086,385||29,791,045|
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