| Mexico|| Natural/Artificial|
| Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán|
Port Authority of Lázaro Cárdenas
160 hectares (0.62 sq mi)
25 hectares (0.097 sq mi)
The Port of Lázaro Cárdenas ( [ˈlasaɾo ˈkardenas] ) is the largest Mexican seaport and one of the largest seaports in the Pacific Ocean basin, with an annual traffic capacity of around 25 million tonnes of cargo and 2,200,000 TEU's.
In November 2013, the Mexican navy seized the port from criminal gangs.
Lázaro Cárdenas is home to a deep-water seaport that handles container, dry bulk, and liquid cargo. The port currently has one container terminal, which handled 1.24 million TEU in 2012, and has a total capacity of 2.2 million TEU annually. APMT has plans to build an additional container terminal that would bring the port's capacity to 3.4 million TEU in 2015 and 6.5 million TEU in 2020. Cargo moves to and from the port by road and rail equally, with rail service provided exclusively by Kansas City Southern de México. The port is expected to become a major container facility due to congestion at the U.S. ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and its relative proximity to major cities such as Chicago, Kansas City, and Houston. In preparation for the port's increased capacity, railway and highway infrastructure running north-south through the center of Mexico has been upgraded in recent years to handle the anticipated increase in volume of goods bound for the United States using this transportation corridor. If a proposed government-backed Pacific port is built at Punta Colonet, Baja California, goods flowing to U.S. states like Arizona and Nevada could bypass the congested Los Angeles region with closer access those markets, providing increased competition with Lázaro Cárdenas.
Lázaro Cárdenas is the terminus of the Salamanca-Lazaro Cardenas gas pipeline.
In 2012, the Port of Lázaro Cárdenas handled 30,671,996 tonnes of cargo and 1,242,777 TEU's, making the busiest cargo port in Mexico and one of the largest container ports in the country.* figures in tonnes
The port of Lázaro Cárdenas has both public and private terminals specialised in:
Public terminalsGrain terminal: 15,064 square metres (162,150 sq ft)
Multi use terminals: 62,889 square metres (676,930 sq ft)
Container terminals: 634,120 square metres (6,825,600 sq ft)
Private terminalsMineral terminal: 60,328 square metres (649,370 sq ft)
Fluid terminal: 1,783,413 square metres (19,196,500 sq ft)
Coal terminal: 1,163,408 square metres (12,522,820 sq ft)
Fertilizer terminal: 1,487,381 square metres (16,010,040 sq ft)
Port of Lázaro Cárdenas Wikipedia