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CSX Caucedo container port terminal starts construction

CSX World Terminals (CSXWT), together with its partner, Caucedo Development Corporation (CDC), broke ground for a new terminal facility located on the Caucedo Peninsula in the Dominican Republic in late February. The event marks the commencement of the construction of the new container port terminal and its associated free trade zone. The terminal will be named CSX World Terminals Caucedo.

The ceremony was officiated by the president of the Dominican Republic, His Excellency Hipólito Mejía, Monseñor Francisco José Arnáiz Zarandona, SJ, and officers of CSX World Terminals and Caucedo Development Corporation.

"This event marks a new beginning for containerized shipping and ocean transportation in the Dominican Republic and the entire Caribbean Basin," said Arno Dimmling, CSXWT VP and COO. "The new facility, and its associated systems and processes, will allow the Dominican Republic to become one of the most modern and efficient marine terminals in the world today, enhancing the country's ability to compete in the ever-increasing aggressive world market."

"The reliability and high productivity of Dominican port workers, combined with CSX World Terminals' proven track record, will make Caucedo a world class port and logistics center in the Caribbean," said Jaak Rannik, president of Caucedo Development Corporation.

The new terminal facility is designed to have a 600-metre berth and will be dredged to 14 metres to handle the new generation of post-Panamax vessels. A breakwater will protect the 50-hectare container terminal.

The engineering firm Mouchel Consulting is acting as the project supervisor. Design of the new terminal will be completed shortly to allow for an aggressive construction schedule of just 22 months. The terminal is currently scheduled to open in the second half of 2003.

Shanghai Zhenhua Port Machinery Co Ltd (ZPMC) will supply five latest-generation gantry shore cranes and ten rubber tired gantry cranes that will be commissioned for the first phase of the project. These cranes will more than double the container-handling equipment capacity of the entire country.

An international consortium of lenders led by the Scotiabank Group will provide project financing.

CSX World Terminals LLC (http://www.csxwt.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of CSX Corporation, is based in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is a provider of terminal solutions operating global businesses in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and the US. Its array of products and services includes terminal development, operations and management, terminal consulting, warehouse and depot management, equipment consulting, maintenance and repair, and terminal technology systems.

Caucedo Development Corporation (CDC) is CSXWT's local partner in the venture and is responsible for developing and managing the free trade zone and logistics center adjacent to the marine terminal. CDC's shareholders include the founders and developers of the highly successful PIISA free zone manufacturing park, and the B&R group, one of the country's leading transportation and marine services organizations.