Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — By mandate of the Ministry of Communications and Transportation, the shipping company Impulsora Marítima de Quintana Roo or Barcos Caribe, suspended the Playa del Carmen to Cozumel ferry service.
The announcement of the suspension of operations was made after an inspection found the company to be without current insurance or permits on two of its three ferries.
In accordance with a letter dated February 23, the General Directorate of Merchant Marine informed César Celso González Hermosillo and Melgarejo and Franco González Padrón, the legal representatives of Barcos Caribe, that upon review of the vessels, two of the three had expired permits and no insurance.
Vessel Caribbean III was operating with three of the necessary permits expired as well as an expired insurance policy since January 25 of 2018. Caribbean II vessel was found to be operating without two of the needed permits (expired November 20, 2017) and also without insurance since January 25.
The vessel, Caribbean I, was the boat involved in the recent ferry explosion at the main dock terminal in Playa del Carmen.
As of Sunday, the Barcos Caribe ticket booth in the Playa del Carmen ferry terminal remained open only to inform passengers that they were not operating.