Cozumel, Q.R. — A study is being conducted for the possible addition of another ship dock at Cozumel due to the continued increase in cruise passengers.
According to statistics from the Integral Port Administration of Quintana Roo, more than 3.1 million cruise ship passengers have arrived on the island already this year.
For this reason, representatives of two environmental organizations have been asked to analyze the possible construction of a fourth cruise terminal regarding the environmental impact for the island in its marine and terrestrial zones.
Both Noemí Guadalupe Martín Cab head of the Conservation, Research and Environmental Management of Cozumel and Guadalupe Álvarez Chulim de Azueta of Cielo, Tierra y Mar, highlighted their concern about the possibility of approving construction for a new port terminal.
Both agreed that the population should be consulted and made aware of the characteristics of the project, the economic, social and environmental impacts as well as the generation of waste, mobility, transportation and the provision of public services.
Guadalupe Alvarez said that although the economic flow is good, it is very minimal if one takes into account that the real economic benefits are in the hands of a small group of entrepreneurs and the boat companies themselves.
Noemí Martín raised the fact that so far what is known is that the Disney Cruise Line is the one that is interested in building the dock, but adds that there are very few days in a year that cruise ships cannot dock due to the terminals being filled.
In June of 2016, the plan to construct a forth cruise ship dock was rejected by local residents after a public consultation. The dock was to be located in front of the Marina Banco Playa (Puerto de Abrigo) on the north side of the island.
At the time, Cozumel residents said they did not need the fourth dock, considering it unnecessary.