Cancun, Q.R. — Rail material for the Maya Train continues to arrive from overseas, reports the National Tourism Promotion Fund (Fonatur). The agency says since May, three shipments of rails have been received, equivalent to 15,493 tons, which will be used for the construction of the upcoming rail system.
In a press release, Fonatur says the “transportation logistics begins with the forging of the rail. Later, it is transferred to the port of arrival. Once transferred, the collection process begins. The collection sites are prepared for the arrival of the rails with dirt work and seal irrigation to protect the passage of vehicles.”
The first shipment arrived on May 14 at the port of Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz with the first 4,833 tons of rail for Section 1, (Palenque-Escárcega). These were manufactured in the United States by the Steel Dynamics company. The total required for this section is 29,574 tons.
The second shipment arrived in Puerto Progreso, Yucatán on May 17 aboard the ship “AAL Dalian” from Fangcheng, China, with a shipment of 7,005 tons of rail to be used for Section 2 (Escárcega-Calkiní). The total required for this section is 30,481 tons.
The third shipment arrived on May 26, also in Puerto Progreso, but from Japan with a total of 3,655 tons, which will be for Section 3 (Calkiní-lzamal). Another 29,826 tons of rail are expected to arrive to complete this section.
The arrival of rails for Section 4 (Izamal-Cancún) and for Section 5 (Cancún-Tulum) will be at the end of July also in Puerto Progreso with a total of 7,000 tons for each of the sections. Likewise, the reception of this material for the railways will continue until 2022, with an anticipated 60,628 and 29,472 tons for these two lines.
Fonatur says to date, a total of 15,493 tons of rail have been received for the first three sections and that 70,488 jobs have already been created in the first four sections.