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First 20,000 ton shipment of Cuba stone material arrives at Puerto Morelos

Puerto Morelos, Q.R. — A ship from Cuba transporting stone that will be turned into ballast for the Maya Train has arrived. Cargo vessel Melody was docked off the coast of Puerto Morelos Wednesday.

The ship arrived with the first load of 20,000 tons of stone. On Wednesday, the Integral Port Administration of Quintana Roo (APIQROO) Director, Vagner Elbiorn Vega, confirmed the arrival of the ship from Cuba.

On Tuesday, Mancera had reported that they were waiting for the ship’s arrival with the first 20,000 tons of stone material from Cienfuegos, Cuba. Now that it has arrived, he said that the unloading will take time.

“The unloading has a process, it is not immediate, it takes three or four days to prepare since it goes through customs, and once the process is complete the stone will be taken to a collection center in Leona Vicario, and from there, distributed to the sections of the Maya Train.”

He said that due to the unloading process, it will be toward the end of the week or the beginning of next week when the trucks will start transporting the stone by land to Leona Vicario.

Last week, Armando Lara de Nigris, the Secretary of Ecology and Urban Development, said the transporting of the stone by land was expected to begin sometime this week.

He said that more than 2.2 million tones of the stone is expected to arrive from Cuba by boat over the next 10 months.