The Moín Mega Port is officially open as of Thursday afternoon. This is great news after 10 years of trouble surrounding the construction of this artificial island, the largest infrastructure project that has been developed in the country.
Controversy surrounded the project from the beginning. It was set to be operational by 2016 but delay after delay came up. Just 10 days after the award, the State was sued for publishing the tender without needed technical studies .
The project faced opposition from the National Banana Chamber, the Workers’ Union of Japdeva, and environmentalists. There were protests by workers and transporters too. Even once construction finally started there were troubles. The route built to access the Container Terminal of Moín was constructed on the wrong geographical coordinates. APM Terminals announced a further 13 month delay in July 2017.
The first berth became operational in October 2018 but what followed was controversy over what type of ships the port attends. The second berth is now in operation.