Residents of the island of Cozumel have filed complaints against a project to expand the already-huge cruise ship dock there.
Rodrigo Navarro, Mexico Ambassador for the Ocean Futures Society, said the cruise port operators are sinking pilings into the ocean floor without putting up the protective membranes that were supposed to protect surrounding coral beds from sediment kicked up by the project or potential oil spills.
Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society was founded to explore the oceans, inspiring and educating people throughout the world to act responsibly for their protection and to celebrate their vital importance to the survival of all life on the planet. Jean-Michel Cousteau is the son of legendary French naval officer, explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, environmental activism pionner, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher Jaques Cousteau.
“Ambassadors of the Environment” represent the Society’s commitment to prepare the next generation for the responsibilities they will inherit to manage the planet’s biosphere. For more information, visit the website at www.oceanfutures.org.
The work of extending the third arm of the Puerta Maya pier was officially started on May 21st, 2014. Governor of Quintana Roo, Roberto Borge Angulo and Cozumel Mayor, Fredy Efrén Marrufo Martin were on hand for the ceremony along with top executives of the main cruise lines. The initial construction work consists in laying the foundation stone for this new dock, which is scheduled to be completed before the winter of 2015.
Once this is completed, Puerta Maya in Cozumel will be the only shipping port or tourist destination that can house three transatlantic 3,000 passenger cruisers at once. This is part of the plan to expand the cruise activity up to 23 percent by 2015.
Rodrigo Navarro also said the new arm of the cruise ship dock would force ships to maneuver only 22 meters (35 yards) away from the national coral reef park offshore from Cozumel, a popular spot with divers, something that may force temporary bans on diving when ships pull in, in order not to endanger divers.
“They are not acting in concordance with what the law says,” Navarro concluded.
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