Guatemalan businessman to build a marine cemetery in Campeche


The businessman Andrés Aguilar Heck invests one million 500 thousand pesos in the construction of a marine cemetery.

Andrés Aguilar Heck, president of the Board of Directors of Capillas y Cementerios del Norte, invests one million 500 thousand pesos in the construction of a marine cemetery in Campeche for whoever wants their loved one to be put into the sea and become part of a reef.

“Capillas y Cementerios del Norte, through its subsidiary Capillas Señororiales, intends to innovate in Campeche by offering a different service to the traditional and additionally contribute to the improvement of the marine environment,” says Andrés Aguilar Heck’s company.

The Cementerio del Mar intends to be an artificial reef within the bay in the vicinity of the city of San Francisco, Campeche, which will have 1,200 commemorative Reef Ball structures of three different sizes, which will be placed at an average depth of 5 meters.

“The placement of the Reef Ball commemorative units will make it possible to pay tribute to people who found a way of life in the sea and who, through their families, intend to contribute to the recovery and conservation of the ecosystem,” says the project.

Aguilar Heck is the second generation of a family business that provides funeral, cemetery, and cremation services in Guatemala and in the southeast of the Mexican Republic. Señoriales celebrates more than 2,000 funeral services and 1,000 burials annually in Guatemala.

The Guatemalan businessman employs more than 800 people, of which 400 make up the sales and family service team, who annually sell more than 5,000 contracts in pre-need.

Capillas y Cementerios del Norte says that the marine ecosystem of the Bay of Campeche is composed mainly of large areas of grass and seaweed with little or no presence of rock formations.

The artificial reef of Reef Ball will modify the topography of the area and will provide a new substrate so that species of plants and animals can colonize it, obtaining shelter against predators, feeding and reproduction sites.

The Reef Ball commemorative reef concept emerged in the late 1980s as a strategy to help protect and restore coral ecosystems in Florida.

the Eternal Reef concept, which provides a different alternative to a traditional cemetery or urn.

The structures are personalized on the top with handprints, messages written in the wet concrete, among others.

Currently, more than 2,000 Eternal Reefs have been placed in approximately 25 sites on the United States coast, such as Florida, New Jersey, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, among others.

Source: Forbes Mexico

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