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“Boat Evacuation Urgency: Quintana Roo’s Demand for More Public Ramps!”

The Nautical Associates of Quintana Roo are advocating for the construction of additional public ramps across the state, not just in Cancun. These ramps would facilitate the safe evacuation of boats during a hurricane. Simultaneously, they are exploring strategies for insurance integration to cover potential damages.

There are an estimated 600 to 1,000 boats in Cancun alone that would require shelter during a hydrometeorological event. Hence, the search for more public ramps extends beyond Benito Juarez to the entire state, according to Francisco Fernandez, the president of Nautical Associates of Quintana Roo.

"Progress is being made, albeit slowly, and we hope to have these ramps ready by the hurricane season. The need for these ramps is urgent, not just in Cancun. Currently, Playa del Carmen and Puerto Morelos are also requesting them. The rapid growth of our boat community necessitates that we address the issue of ramps at a state level, in all municipalities," Fernandez said.

Additionally, the Nautical Associates are working with the Integral Port Administration of Quintana Roo (Apiqroo) to explore the possibility of extending insurance benefits to the nautical sector. This is due to the considerable costs incurred during a hurricane, with damages ranging from 200,000 pesos to 20 million pesos.