Friday, April 15, 2011

New Cozumel Dock

An investment of approximately US$15 million has been made in building the new ship loading dock on the island of Cozumel. Although this is good news the situation is a little bitter-sweet.

Due to delays, the old terminal, near the cruise dock SSA Mexico, remains a primary point of arrival and departure of the company's ferries Ferries del Caribe (Transcaribe) that connects to Punta Venado in the mainland of the entity as, according to sources inside the port authorities on the Isla de las Golondrinas, the Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT) has not yet authorized the new docks operation despite its availability.

The construction project was initially a p
ort terminal at a cost of approximately US$13 million with a delay thus far of one and a half months. When the SCT does authorize its operation, waiting times are still expected as the federal agency then has to be notified of the existence of a new dock, it’s location and it’s characteristics as to decide the usage capabilities of the dock. 

The current loading dock serves as the gateway to all supplies, materials, fuel and food that is consumed in the island town of Cozumel, which is separated from the peninsula by a strip of sea 18 kilometres wide.

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