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Cozumel expansion project rejected for now

Cozumel, Q.R. — The municipal president of Cozumel, Pedro Joaquín Delbouis, says he is disappointed that the request for the cruise ship expansion project has been rejected.

Joaquín Delbouis calls the decision by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, “regrettable”, adding that they will have to resubmit the project.

The expansion project for the SSA Mexico cruise ship dock was rejected earlier this week by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. The project, which has a cost of 56 million peso, would see the expansion of two platforms that would allow them to receive larger ships.

“Cruises of other sizes are coming, approximately 20 meters longer like the Oasis, and this modernization is necessary,” he said.

Joaquín Delbouis argued that few ports can receive these ships and that Cozumel is on this “spearhead” as the most important for the destination. He also noted that this year, the docks have seen an 8 percent increase in ship arrivals, a trend he expects to continue.

The project was reportedly rejected because the promoter failed to publish the notice for a public consultation within the deadline set by law.