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Due to growing tourism, port authorities propose new maritime control centers

Cancun, Q.R. — Due to the constant growth of passengers between the region’s mainland and islands, officials say it is necessary to have a maritime traffic control center.

Antonio Vargas Aguirre, regional captain of Puerto Juarez, says a maritime traffic control center would function much the same as an airport, allowing officials to know which boats are coming and going.

“In Isla Mujeres in peak season, up to 29,000 people arrive at the island every day and from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel there are 20,000 a day, so we have increased our activities which is good because we receive more tourism. But we need a center of control of maritime traffic similar to that of an airport,” he said.

Photo: Asociados Náuticos de Quintana Roo

After a meeting with the Asociados Náuticos de Quintana Roo, he explained that they are working on the project with the Port Administration of Quintana Roo. Although no price for the project has yet been determined, a position of importance is being discussed.

He elaborated that there are many factors that need to be defined, so they will go step by step, however, it is estimated that the activity in Cancun alone is approximately 4,000 boats per day including jungle tours, parachutes, private boats and ferry crossings.

Vargas Aguirre said “The marine traffic control center would be like an airport to see which boats are going and which ones are arriving so they do not cross paths. That’s what we urgently need and we’re already working on it.”

He added that the installation of a monitoring center will be required in a position where they can observe, in this case, from Puerto Juarez to Isla Mujeres where there is 4.5 nautical miles, so it would be necessary to have a tower where they can watch with radars to be able to provide navigational safety.