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“Major Surge: Quintana Roo Port Activity Skyrockets by 195%”

Port activity in Quintana Roo has experienced a significant increase in 2024, particularly in operations towards Isla Mujeres, Puerto Juárez, Cozumel, and Puerto Morelos. The international route from Chetumal to San Pedro, Belize, saw a total of 390 vessels in the first four months of the year, marking a 195% increase compared to the same period in 2023. Additionally, passenger numbers rose by 49%, with 9,241 individuals transported.

Port activity across the state is thriving, with passenger ferries to the state's islands reporting high levels of operation.

The handling of TEUs, or Twenty-foot Equivalent Units, a measure of a ship's cargo-carrying capacity, also saw a 29.2% increase during the first four months of the year, with a total of 2,336 units.

Iván Ferrat Mancera, a representative of the Quintana Roo Integral Port Administration (Apiqroo) in Puerto Morelos, highlighted the available infrastructure and dock space. He noted that the economic growth of the region is directly linked to ongoing negotiations.

In the first four months of 2024, passenger ferries transported 624,351 passengers to Cozumel and 1,027,291 passengers to Isla Mujeres.

However, the route from Puerto Juárez to Isla Mujeres remains a challenge, with uncertainty following the departure of transporter Jetway. So far, no companies have formally expressed interest in providing service for this route.

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Between January 1st and May 26th, 2024, the region saw the arrival of 588 cruises, a 7.3% increase from the same period in 2023. Passenger numbers also rose, from 1,819,487 to 2,090,071, marking a 14.9% increase. It is estimated that by the end of 2024, Cozumel will have welcomed 1,281 cruise ships and 4,463,628 passengers.