Manzanillo International Terminal
Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT) was built on a former US Naval base at Coco Solo Sur. During the 1980’s, the area was used as a storage facility and distribution center of vehicles for Latin America. In 1993, the original Ro-Ro berth concept grew to become a world-class container transshipment facility, fully equipped with over 2,300 meters in 8 berths.
These berths are distributed in 6 container berths and 2 Ro-Ro berths. The container berths are equipped with 19 post-panamax and super post-panamax quay cranes; over 2,000 reefer plugs and modern terminal management computer systems. The port have a handling capacity of 3.5 million TEUs. Transshipment operations represent 87.7% of their containerized activity.
MIT – Panama, S.A. is a joint-venture between Carrix, Inc. and the Motta and Heilbron families of Panama. Carrix, Inc. is a parent company of SSA Marine, one of the world’s largest privately held marine and rail terminal operator. The Motta and Heilbron families form one of Panama’s biggest industrial groups, holding interests in banking, telecommunications, whole sale and aviation, among others.
MIT is located on the Atlantic Coast of Panama, near the Northern entrance of the Panama Canal. It is side-connected to France Field, the largest warehousing area of Colon Free Zone. Across Randolph Avenue, MIT has developed a logistics park with four warehouses, off dock empty area, railroad access and a value added area oriented to increase cargo added value activities.
MIT has become a full logistics complex that includes a first world container and Ro-Ro terminal, large container storage areas, a logistics park, and a multimodal platform that connects maritime, ground, railroad and air transportation services.