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State officials request mandatory ferry passenger list

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — State officials say they are pushing to make ferry passenger lists mandatory for all who travel between Playa del Carmen mainland and the island of Cozumel.

The Fifteenth Legislature in the State Congress of Quintana Roo will issue an appeal to find the legal mechanisms and necessary steps to enforce an official passenger list for the operation of the federal route between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel.

Eduardo Lorenzo Martínez Arcila, president of the legislative chamber, says he considers it a serious failure that such a list has not been previously taken into account. Such a list would provide the identity of those who travel as well as if they are traveling for tourism or domestic purposes.

He emphasized that ferry companies that continue to operate must adapt to this new implementation, which could be determined by the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT), the Harbor Master’s Office or directly through the Secretariat of the Navy.

“There is no mechanism where the authorities know who is getting on the ferries, something that is really serious and has never been addressed. It is basically a federal issue, but we will request the relevant warrant from congress.

“I think it will be the port authority who will have to issue a memorandum so that for this type of crossing, an order for a passenger list will be put into place so we know who is boarding the boats,” said Martínez Arcila.

He explained that the ferry companies will have to adapt and modify their promotion or sales strategies to be integrated into a identifiable passenger list for the benefit of obtaining security guarantees. Currently, the sale of tickets does not include any of this information.

“With all due respect, you are not selling tickets to the discotheques. You are selling tickets to a federal concession that is the subject of maritime transport. There cannot be a justification that implementing a passenger list is too complicated because the companies use a variety of different promoters,” he added.

Martínez Arcila stressed that extraordinary security measures that are being implemented in coordination with the armed and federal forces must remain permanently in the port facilities.

The general director of the Port Administration of Quintana Roo, Alicia Ricalde, says that within six months, the ports of Quintana Roo will be the first in Mexico to have the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) protocol.