Progreso, Yucatan — Mauricio Vila Dosal, governor of Yucatán, has announced a new expansion project in the Puerto de Altura of Progreso. He says when complete, it will allow the arrival of larger ships.
Although he did not specify when the project would begin or the amount of the investment, he did day that there will be an expansion of the Puerto de Altura that will include the widening of the navigation channel.
“The width of the navigation channel will be expanded from 120 to 180 meters with which larger cruise ships can be received since currently, only vessels carrying 3,000 to 4,000 passengers can arrive, but with the new width, they will be able to receive the big ships with up to 10,000 passengers.” he explained.
He added that the project will also involve increasing the port’s draft depth. He said that by increasing the draft depth at Puerto de Altura, larger vessels with more cargo will be able to enter, which will bring greater benefits.
“Currently the draft is 9.75 meters and will increase to 15, which will allow the entry of large ships of 100,000 tons when now, only 40,000 vessels can arrive. This will reduce logistics costs and will contribute to making Yucatán a more competitive state,” he added.