Shipyards of Progreso, Yucatán: fifty years building boats

(Photo: yucatan.com.mx)

The shipyards of the industrial zone of Yucalpetén generate jobs throughout the year, mainly during the closure of the grouper season, which goes from February 1 to March 31, lapse when at least one hundred wooden hull fishing vessels, fiberglass or steel boats receive maintenance.

Before the port of Yucalpetén shipyard was inaugurated on June 1, 1968, wooden boats were built along the course of “La Pescadora”, on Calle 25 between 88 and 90, on the west side of this coastal city.

Many wooden boats for fishing were built on the shore of the beach by Agustín Acevedo, Antonio Mézquita “Botellón“, and other boat builders in Chicxulub Puerto, as well as in shipyards of Campeche, from where they were brought to Progreso by sea.

When the industrial zone of the Yucalpetén harbor became operational, back in 1968, the installation of shipyards for the construction and maintenance of fishing vessels also began.

Years later, yachts and tourist boats began to receive maintenance there as well.

The first shipyard that was installed in the industrial zone of Yucalpetén, (around 1970), was the sincrolevator dry dock that was part of the Yucalpetén Fish Products Complex (Propeyuc), a subsidiary of Productos Pesqueros Mexicanos (Propemex), where fishing vessels were maintained by that company.

Years later, when Propeyuc disappeared, the sincrolevator dry dock went to the private initiative changing its name to Astilleros Pergasa.

In Southeast Mexico, the Pergasa synchro shipyard is the only one that provides service to foreign-flagged pleasure boats.

Currently, Pergasa carries out general maintenance works for the “Ultramar” ferries, which transport passengers to Cozumel. The shipyard’s services to foreign ships test the quality of the workforce of Yucatecan shipyard workers.

TYT Newsroom with information from yucatan.com.mx



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