Atlantic Terminals to support Panama Canal to facilitate vaccine distribution
Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT) and Colon Container Terminal (CCT), both port terminals on Panama's Atlantic side, have joined forces to help optimize supply routes to Latin America for the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine and supplies.
Memorandums of understanding have been signed by the Panama Canal, MIT and CCT to establish a cooperation alliance and to explore working together to form a logistics hub on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal for the storage and distribution of vaccines and supplies to the region.
The development of additional facilities to store and/or break-bulk vaccine cargo, power sources or surplus supplies, as well as connecting roads to both terminals on the Atlantic side, will be investigated by the Panama Canal.
MIT and CCT will cooperate with the design and equipment required to transport the vaccine containers between the terminals and the facilities.
The ports will also provide operational expertise to explore the capabilities of their present terminal for handling increased refrigerated containers.
With these deals, MIT and CCT are joining the Pacific Coast Panama Ports Company (PPC) and PSA Panama International Terminal (PSA Panama) in their efforts to control and distribute pandemic vaccines and supplies.
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