Published On: Mon, Oct 17th, 2016

Progreso to be home of Latin America’s world-class shipyard

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The company Diques Peninsulares SA de CV (Dipensa) will invest $71 million US dollars (1.3 billion pesos) over five years to build the largest and most modern shipyard in Latin America. The facility will be constructed in the port of Progreso and detonate the growth of the shipping industry.

Shipyards or dockyards are places where ships are built and repaired, and usually built near the sea or navigable rivers, to allow access of vessels.

The CEO of Dipensa, Ruben Peniche Pasos, explained that the project will have two floating docks for maintenance and repair of boats, ships and platforms for the offshore oil industry of countries in Europe, Asia and South America .

The site of the planned shipyard is located near the end of Progreso's 7-kilometer pier. (PHOTO: Dipensa)

The site of the planned shipyard is located near the end of Progreso’s 7-kilometer pier. (PHOTO: Dipensa)

The shipyard already in operation will generate about 400 skilled jobs with basic salaries of 18 thousand pesos, and an agreement between the Institute of Technology Progress and the Dutch company Damen will be signed to train staff.

The main services will be the maintenance of machines, motors and communication system and electronics.

The assembly of the bulkheads will be done by the Dutch Damen companies that do this type of work in much of the shipping inedustry in Europe, guaranteeing a service life of these structures up to 100 years with proper maintenance.

Peniche Pasos said that the investment is fully with Yucatecan resources, and the company seeks to expand with the growth of the national shipping industry.

“The civil work of these floating docks begins in January next year, and we expect that the project in its first phase is completed in a span of 18 to 22 months, the first stage will involve an investment of $46 million US dollars (900 million pesos),” he said.

In the first stage the project would serve about 600 boats that can not be aided in ports like Veracruz and Tampico in Mexico, and the United States.

The main dam will be 80 meters long and will have a capacity to lift 3,200 tons, to support any type of merchant vessel or the oil industry.

Peniche Pasos said: “It will have the latest technology of the world’s merchant shipping. We will compete with the best shipyards in the world. This project will put Yucatan and Mexico in the competition of the global shipping industry, because we will become the best, the most efficient and profitable in Latin America.”

He noted that the second stage of the yard includes offices for companies assembling oil rigs, plus an area where they can build and / or assemble these products for the Mexican industry to export from the port of Progreso.

“This second stage will begin to build in about five years and will cost $25 million US dollars (475 million pesos); it’s a pretty hefty investment, but it is already planned and is scheduled to perform with Dutch assistance,” he said.

The first phase includes two floating docks for repair and maintenance of ships. The second stage will include the construction of ships and oil platforms of first generation.







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