The high cost of the operation ended up canceling the landing, in Puerto Morelos, of the stone from Cienfuegos, Cuba. This Thursday, the Integral Port Administration of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo (Apiqroo) confirmed the “definitive ban” and specified that in three months only 7,000 of the 20,000 tons of the ship’s cargo were unloaded melody which is currently in the port of Seybaplaya (Cozumel).
The director of Apiqroo, Vagner Elbiorn Vega, explained that three operations were carried out because the draft in this port is 4.5 meters and this generated logistical difficulties and additional operational costs, but he did not offer further details.
“It was impossible to land there,” he tells 14ymedio José Urbina, known as Pepe Shark. “This shows that they do not know what they are talking about,” stresses the environmental activist, who also reiterates that “the foolishness” of the Andrés Manuel López Obrador government has led him to “ deforest the jungle, cover cenotes, and damage corals” of the Mexican Caribbean Biosphere Reserve, an area established to protect marine ecosystems and preserve biological diversity.
The “arguments that we present about ecocide have support,” insists the diver, although the Government of Mexico assures that the construction of the Mayan Train, which will travel 1,500 kilometers between Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatán and Quintana Roo, has not caused damage. .
🧵1️⃣2️⃣The holes for the batteries are already on the edge of the sinkhole of #White lady,soon it will be under the structure. Once the sinkhole was filled in, the archaeological remains and the adjoining cave buried, we know that the destruction did not stop at the warnings pic.twitter.com/L84Afs0OYY
— Pepe Shark (@tiburon_pepe) May 28, 2023
The activist denies the Mexican government and denounces that among those affected is the cenote called Dama Blanca, where a fish lives that is blind and cannot be found anywhere else in the world, in addition to the fact that the archaeological vestiges” that are in the place.
Under the argument that the construction of the Mayan Train is for “national security”, the López Obrador Administration has refused to make public the details of one of its flagship works. In 2018, it was expected to cost around 6,500 million dollars and it went to 11,800 million in 2022, according to information contained in the National Railway Program 2022. Among the reserved data is the agreement with the Island for the sale of 876,789 cubic meters of rajón stone.
The Cuban porphyria stone has generated high costs for Mexico. The ships left between February and March from Cienfuegos gazibey with 17,000 tons and the melody with 20,000. But the Cuban business is about to fail, since only 19% of the first shipments have been used. The rest of the cargo remains unloaded.
For the transfer of the stone for the ballast that will be used in the Mayan Train, according to the economist Mauricio Flores, Mexico will disburse 20 million dollars, of which only four million have already been advanced. Failure to comply with the disembarkation dates has generated a debt of eight million dollars.
In May, Santo Domingo Inversiones offered General Gustavo Vallejo, head of the Felipe Ángeles Engineers Group, responsible for Sections 5 North, 6 and 7 of the Maya Train, stone material from Cienfuegos. The company’s offer consisted of the sale of 1.2 million cubic meters of Cuban ballast at a price of $143 per cubic meter, which could have changed by having Grupo Indi as a partner.
From #SelvameDelTren our position before the decrees of the president @lopezobrador_.
Given the opacity and violation of human rights by this government, we will continue to denounce and document.
the wrong name @TrenMayaMX it is an illegal work. @SelvaMayaSOS @laselvasalva pic.twitter.com/rmd6Zag9yz
— SELVAME (@SelvameMX) May 24, 2023
The transfer of the rajón stone is in charge of the maritime and commercial services company Mide, which has indicated that having an anchored ship causes losses of $100,000 per day. Only for the rent of the ships melody and gazibeyUntil this Friday, Mexico has already spent $1,740,000.
When the landing of Cuban stone in Puerto Progreso was cancelled, the ship melody it will do so in the Port of Veracruz. He gazibey It must do so in Puerto Progreso, however the maritime authorities indicated that since last Monday they have this freighter as “disappeared”.
José Urbina said that the ship they were tracking to find out their location turned off the GPS. “Some move has to be made, something in particular. This is definitely not an accident.”
A source confirmed to 14ymedio that the boat is waiting for a pending payment for months. The vessel with the flag of Panama, with IMO number 9121912; 141 meters long and 22.5 meters wide, she did not arrive at Cozumel, as she was scheduled to do on May 25.
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