As part of the 152nd anniversary of Progreso, the port has received the recognition from Guinness World Records for having the longest pier in the world, with a length of over 8,000 linear meters.
The plaque for the Guinness World Record for the longest pier in the world was placed behind the statue of the port’s founder, facing the arched viaduct, next to the plaque unveiled in 2022 for the refurbishment of the Malecón.
This recognition will boost the tourism destination, which in the first half of the year received 143,329 cruise tourists, a figure unprecedented since the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event was attended by the Secretary of Fisheries and Sustainable Aquaculture of Yucatán, Arturo Milán Alonso; the president of the Coordinating Business Council and the Employers’ Confederation of the Mexican Republic (Coparmex) in Mérida, Beatriz Eugenia Gómory Correa; the general director of Asipona, Admiral Jorge Carlos Tobilla Rodríguez; the official adjudicator from Guinness World Records, Susana Reyes, and municipal officials.
Beatriz Gómory emphasized the importance of the modernization of the port of Progreso for the state and validated the new investments announced for the expansion of the Altura Port, which are scheduled to begin in September with a funding of 3 billion pesos.
Gómory Correa stressed the urgency of expanding the port and pointed out that the private sector is closely following this modernization push in Progreso and will support the project of the State Government.
“Currently, the port of Progreso has been modernized with the relocation of companies, competitiveness, logistics, imports, exports, economic development, social benefits, and tourism growth,” she said.
She explained that the expansion and modernization of the Progreso Pier will soon begin, with greater depth and canal expansion, which is expected to have a positive impact on the arrival of more tourists on larger cruises and the generation of more and better jobs, as well as new businesses, industries, and investments, with consequent collective benefits.
The Progreso Fiscal Pier was built in different stages to meet its operational needs. The first stage took place between 1937 and 1939, driven by the import needs towards Mérida. Subsequently, the Customs Building was constructed, which began operations in 1945. In a third stage in 1989, the Remote Terminal was built, reaching a total length of 8,018.98 meters, which today led to its certification.
With the presentation of the certification, the Progreso Pier reaffirms itself as a landmark of the port, not only in terms of tourism but also as an engine for the emergence of better opportunities that represent an economic benefit for the people of Progreso.