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Metal detectors being installed at Cancun ferry terminals

Cancun, Q.R. — Metal detectors are will be installed at other ferry terminals around the state including Holbox, Mahahual and Cancun.

The announcement comes from Francisco Quiñones, captain of the Secretariat of the Navy who says the detectors, along with thermographic cameras, will be installed in the ports of Holbox, Mahahual, Puerto Juarez at Cancun and Isla Mujeres.

Quiñones explained that the installation of the equipment is part of ensuring strengthened security after the Barcos Caribe incident in February. He added that the unit he represents is preparing to implement the second stage of the placement of the security devices.

“Initially we will have the technology, but what we have to do is work more than anything with the staff. That is, train them to know what to do.

“We will also have to adapt to a new schedule of changes because the security devices imply delays in boarding and disembarking, which has been difficult for us in Playa del Carmen and Cozumel.

The captain said that talks are being held between the Secretariats of the Navy, the Port Administration of Quintana Roo and the ferry companies because initially, the passenger ships have independent security codes in terms of surveillance and the installation of metal detectors in the terminals.

“The first thing is to talk to the ferry companies and service providers so that they understand we have to modify movements because the schedules are not going to be the same. Five to 10 minutes in embarking a unit would increase to double, almost 20, between 15 and 18 minutes.”

Francisco Quiños says there needs to be parallelism between the maritime terminal, the ferry companies and the port authority. He also says the security equipment used could vary between the ferry terminals, noting that Playa del Carmen and Cozumel are supporting the federal police surveillance at the terminals.

“First we started with the passenger transport terminals and then, later, the boarding places for nautical tourism. Now we are talking about six places including Mahahual and Holbox, although later, the increased security will be extended to all the tourist boarding centers.

“It is complicated, but we have to react, that’s what we have to do,” he said.