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NOV 11, 2013 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Cuban leaders eye new port as economic lifeline

The island nation's Communist authorities have high hopes that Mariel could become a strategic economic center — especially if the U.S. lifts its 51-year-old embargo and starts sending container ships south. Plans to overhaul the Port of Mariel began in 2009 when officials determined the country's main harbor in Havana is too shallow for bigger, deeper-draft "post-Panamax" vessels, which starting in 2015 will begin crossing through an expanded Panama Canal and carry an increasing share of regional cargo. During a recent visit by The Associated Press, orange-clad, helmeted workers in the ... Read More

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