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Expansion of the Port Container Terminal in Cartagena

Expansion of the Port Container Terminal in Cartagena


  • Author: Zofnass Program
  • Date Posted: 2015
  • Category:
  • Address: Cartagena, COLOMBIA

Research director:

Dr. Andreas Georgoulias


Research core team:

Judith Rodriguez, ENV-SP

Cristina Contreras, ENV-SP


Case study written by:

Mariana llano, MDes Urbanism, Landscape, Ecology 16′



Laurel Schwab, Masters in Urban Planning 16′ 

US $660 million investment

2.5 million TEUs

6 times the “Best Port of the Caribbean”

The project is the expansion of port capacity and logistics of the Cartagena’s container terminal. It is of fundamental importance due to the resulting connectivity of global supply chains with the ground transportation links in Colombia, becoming a key node for the international transfer of goods. The current expansion will increase capacity by 150% and enable access by the most efficient and modern vessels found in the global maritime industry. The project will take advantage of its strategic location in the Atlantic Ocean, connecting routes from Asia, North, South, and Central America, the Caribbean Islands and Europe, as well as the resulting benefits from the expansion of the Panama Canal. This project will have a positive impact for Colombia and for the surrounding communities by providing 1,866 direct jobs and reaching around 11,366 people in its productive chain. It will also have a positive impact on education and social empowerment, by implementing programs to increase the quality of life of neighboring communities.