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New shipyard will be biggest, best in LatAm

Mexican firm to build $71-million project in Progreso, Yucatán

The port of Progreso, Yucatán, will have the largest and most modern shipyard in Latin America upon completion of a US $71-million project.

Diques Peninsulares SA de CV, also known as Dispensa, will invest the money over a five-year period, expanding existing facilities.

Dispensa CEO Rubén Peniche Pasos said the shipyard will consist of two floating docks and will handle the maintenance and repairs of vessels and platforms for the petroleum industry in Europe, Asia and South America.

Once in operation, the project will generate 400 specialized jobs paying a monthly salary of 18,000 pesos (US $970). An agreement has been made with the Progreso Technological Institute and the Dutch firm Damen Shipyards Group to carry out training. The same company will also be responsible for construction of the floating piers, scheduled to begin in January.

The principal pier will be 80 meters long and have a capacity to lift 3,200 tonnes. Peniche Pasos said the shipyard will boast the latest technology and compete with the best shipyards in the world.

The first stage of the project will be completed within 18 to 22 months, he said.

The yard will primarily offer maintenance of machinery, motors, communications systems and electronics.

“The project will make Yucatán and Mexico competitive with the global shipping industry because we will be the best, the most efficient and the most profitable in Latin America,” said Peniche Pasos.

Source: SIPSE (sp)

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