Chetumal. – The director of Administración Portuaria Integral de Quintana Roo (Apiqroo), Alicia Ricalde Magaña, reported that during two years of the current government, the company invested from October 2016 to 2018, 23 million pesos in construction, repair and maintenance in maritime terminals operated by the company in the State. In press conference, the official said that investments made in the administration of Carlos Joaquin, on ports, significantly exceed the 15 million pesos that were made in the period 2012 to 2015. She stressed that since the beginning of this administration, the company registered nine million 245 thousand 289 passengers in 81 thousand 947 operations on routes to Cozumel-Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres-Puerto Juarez and the international ruoute from San Pedro,Belize to Chetumal.
From January to October 2018, eight million 323 thousand 854 passengers were mobilized, representing an increase of 8.71% over the same period of 2017.
She also mentioned that the operation of Ultracarga I, II and III, ships loading at the crossing to Cozumel and Isla Mujeres represent new alternatives for users, as well as breaking the monopoly that used to be in ports. “Competition is always healthy, improves service and prices for transporting goods and products”, she added.
Noting that Cozumel was awarded for the second consecutive year with the award Mexico & Central America’s Leading Cruise Port from World Travel Awards, in addition to leading the list of the best ports in the Western Caribbean and Riviera Maya, Ricalde Magaña said that in 2017 the island received four million 103 thousand 787 passengers, while from January to October 2018 the port reached three million 412 thousand 682 passengers, so it is expected to close the period with more than four million passengers.
Moreover, the head of the Apiqroo added that the Ministry of Territorial Agricultural and Urban Development gave two polygons of national land with an area of 339 hectares to take the first steps to allow open the Chetumal Bay to the Caribbean Sea.
On 23 July this year, through the Apiqroo, the government of Quintana Roo and the Navy (Semar) signed the agreement of coordination and cooperation in technical, financial and logistical matters, in order to realize the Access Project to Chetumal Bay, through expansion and maintenance of the Zaragoza channel.
She explained that communication was established with lawmakers from Congress and federal elected officials to inform them about the project and take appropriate steps to get resources that allow the execution and completion of the works.
The director explained that through a national tender from SENASICA, the company was authorized to implement a Phytosanitary Inspection point for all kinds of vegetables at Puerto Morelos precinct; making the cargo port to be a competitive terminal with the Port of Progreso.
“This international point of import and export of goods, allow southern State farmers to have means of transportation for marketing their products to Central and South America.”
Ricalde Magaña also stated that the port facilities which manages and operates the Apiqroo were equipped with innovative technology to provide greater security to users.
“2.5 million pesos were invested in the installation of a system of 217 intelligent high-resolution cameras in real time, at the terminals of Isla Mujeres, Puerto Juarez, Punta Sam, Puerto Morelos and Cozumel, which doubles surveillance capacity at these facilities”,she said.
Similarly, the Apiqroo invested eight million 150 thousand pesos in the installation of four detector arches, service of physical and documentary verification, leasing X-ray safety equipment, recruitment of specialized security service to operate at the maritime terminal of San Miguel in Cozumel.