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Tulum to get second sargassum collection boat

Tulum, Q.R. — Another sargasso boat has been earmarked for delivery to the municipality of Tulum which will occur over the next few days.

The Director de Desarrollo Urbano y Ecología, Gustavo Maldonado Saldaña, said the Navy notified them that they will soon have the boat to address the rebound seaweed problem. This will be the second vessel to be delivered to Tulum of the eight assigned, which will be arriving in the coming weeks.

“According to federal authorities, there will be eight vessels that will be working in Tulum, therefore, the priority is currently Tulum National Park, Akumal Bay,” said the official.

“Currently, the boats are in probation and personnel have already been trained to support the Navy in the physical collection of seaweed.

“Subsequently, the needs of the tourist areas will be met, so we work in a coordinated manner with hotel entrepreneurs, restaurant owners and tourism service providers,” he added.

The second sargasso vessel is currently in Puerto Morelos, but has been assigned for use for the municipality of Tulum by the Mexican Navy. The boat is undergoing several adjustments to be adapted for shallow water use, explained Maldonado Saldaña.

When it arrives, it will be used to help deal with the rebound arrival of seaweed on beaches of Akumal and inside the Tulum National Park.