Expansion of the Puerto de Altura, an economic trigger for Yucatan
Mauricio Vila Dosal and the Secretary of the Navy, José Rafael Ojeda Durán, sign an important agreement for the modernization of the maritime terminal.
Yucatan is moving towards an important port development with which it will be able to receive larger commercial ships and reduce logistics costs, as well as attract cruise ships with a greater number of tourists, after Governor Mauricio Vila Dosal and Secretary of the Navy, Admiral José Rafael Ojeda Durán, will sign a collaboration agreement, with which the expansion and modernization of the Progreso Height Port continue, a project that will benefit the economy of the Yucatecans.
As a result of the efforts of the Governor before the Federation, Vila Dosal and Ojeda Durán signed said document, which will allow continuing with the work of coordination, promotion, and execution of the construction works, to improve the logistics and increase the competitive advantages of Yucatán, all Once there is a letter of intent with Fincantieri to build the largest shipyard in the Americas in the Yucatecan port.
Before the Undersecretary of the Navy, Admiral José Luis Arellano Ruiz, and the Director of Development and Port Administration, Captain Carlos Alberto Gómez Martínez, it was explained that these improvements, together with an international promotion of the port, will allow the arrival of larger ships, which will lower the costs of the products that enter the State and be more competitive, as well as attracting a greater number of tourists.
The agreement establishes the coordination for the port development of the entity through the promotion and commercialization to achieve the construction, equipment, and operation of a terminal in an area of up to 40 hectares of the port area. Currently, there is an environmental authorization from Semarnat for the filling of the platform that will be the basis of the project, it was specified in the presence of the Undersecretary of Investment, Economic Development, and Financing of the Secretariat of Economic Development and Labor (Sefoet), Gerardo Díaz of Zavala.
“15 days after the beginning of our Government we presented a plan to trigger the development of Progreso, for which a letter of intent was signed with the Italian global company Fincantieri so that it can install and operate a shipyard, with an investment in the first stage of 150 million dollars, and can reach up to 500 million dollars in a longer term, with the generation of thousands of direct and indirect jobs for the inhabitants of the port”, indicated the Governor.
This will allow the entity and the port to have a more competitive draft worldwide, to receive larger vessels; Currently, ships with loads of 36,000 to 40,000 tons can enter, but with these improvements, it will be possible to reach 100,000.
On the tourist issue, the cruise ships that arrive now have a capacity for 2,500 travelers; With the extensions, the figure will increase to between seven thousand and eight thousand, so the ships that today arrive in Cozumel would also arrive at Puerto Progreso.
In the last 10 years, Puerto Progreso has maintained a growth in port traffic, from height movements, imports, exports, and cabotage, therefore, given the need for its expansion and modernization, the Governor carried out the steps before the Federation that gave result with the signing of this collaboration agreement for the construction, equipment, and operation of a terminal.
The document contemplates that the Secretary of the Navy and Asipona Progreso will work jointly with the Government of Yucatan to carry out the deepening of the navigation channel, Ciaboga dock, as well as the expansion of both if necessary, and with the material product of the dredging, to carry out the filling of the polygon of up to 40 hectares.
In this sense, the State Government is committed to keep generating investment opportunities through the development, use, and exploitation of the port infrastructure which is reflected in economic benefits for local families, attracting more investment and generating sources of employment.