Port Lafito is a private international multipurpose port and terminal that is under construction at 20 km outside Port-au-Prince. It is Haiti's first greenfield multipurpose Panamax port equipped with the most recent quay and terminal equipment for handling containerized and loose-bulk cargo. 'Panamax' is the term for the size limits of ships traveling through the Panama Canal as per its expansion proposal, October 2006. With an estimated project cost of $57-million and scheduled to be completed within Q4 2014, Port Lafito, a subsidiary of the Gilbert Bigio Group will offer computerized load management for vessels as per Panamax requirement, speedy customs and National Port Authority services. It will be a new gateway which will connect Haiti to the rest of the world. In May this year, Port Lafito announced that it had reached a strategic alliance with SSA Marine to manage its port and terminal operations in Haiti. SSA Marine is a subsidiary of Carrix, Inc., a Seattle, Washington based privately-held company. They have activities at more than 210 terminal facilities and intermodal rail operations, all over the world.
The Haitian government wants to develop its port facilities to compete for business from Panama. Panama is currently expanding its canal to accommodate post-Panamax ships, larger and faster vessels.
Both the U.S. and Europe are preparing for Panamas' new vessels to be in operation by 2015.
Port Authority Director, Alix Celestin, convened a two-day conference in Pétionville to motivate private investors to create a maritime industry, beneficial to the economy and competitive in attracting more business from Panama.
What you are looking at is a picture Clifford Brandt as he is entering Police station in Port-au-Prince.
A lawyer hired by the Brandt family agreed that Brandt had led police to the place of kidnapping. However, he said his client did not participate in kidnapping. His defense is that Brandt had organized the children's removal in a family dispute.
Here is a photo of Manno Charlemagne Elected Mayor Of Port-au-Prince.
exiled himself, when the Haitian army forced Aristide into exile in U.S. He surfaced again in North America, giving concerts and stirring up support for democracy in Haiti. He issued a single at that time, La Fimen. Once the U.N. reclaimed Haiti's constitutional government for the country, Charlemagne returned and was elected Mayor of Port-au-Prince.
This is our historic Haitian Iron Market back in the days. The Marche en Fer in Port-au-Prince
Marche en Fer had its share of difficulties in the beginning of the 21st century. The iron market was decimated by a fire in 2008, and the 2010 earthquake gave it the final knock-out punch that actually brought the marche to its knee before the Digicel CEO paid for its renovation
Here is a beautiful picture of the Marche en Fer or Iron Market as it was renovated after the 2010 earthquake.
The historic marche Hyppolite was built in the 19th century in France. The original plan was not to build a Marche. The French engineers made this structure to be use in Cairo, Egypt as a railway station.
Here is a photo of Streets Of Port-au-Prince - Haiti Earthquake - January 12, 2010. The epicenter of the Haiti earthquake was located 16 miles from Port-au-Prince. One year later, about 500 refugee camps still existed in Port-au-prince. Rape and common crimes in refugee camps were common, where 230 such cases were reported in the first six month after the earthquake