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Mexican Caribbean Hit by Sargassum

By Lorenzo Núñez | Thu, 06/10/2021 - 16:27

Sargassum has arrived at the Mexican Caribbean on the beaches of Quintana Roo by the ton. Mexico's Naval Ministry (SEMAR) has collected over 10,462.76 tons and has implemented a strategy to contain the sargassum on the coasts of the Mexican Caribbean. Also, this week, CNET and INTERprotección Announce “Viaja Seguro” Initiative.


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During May of this year  the gross demand for industrial real estate space in Mexico was 354,000 m2  , giving a cumulative 804,000 m2 for the April-May period, according to figures from Solili, a real estate information platform. During 1Q2021, total demand was 1.2 million square meters. This market is set to continue to grow, mainly due to the increase in e-commerce. As reported by MBN, E-Commerce is pushing development of more Industrial Parks.


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CNET and INTERprotección Announce “Viaja Seguro” Initiative

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SEMAR Assumes Control of Ports and Merchant Marine

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This joint initiative will allow for greater dynamism in maritime activities, the strengthening of maritime and port security and safety, as well as the protection of the marine environment, thus complying with the provisions of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), without conflicting with the exercise of the powers of other agencies of the Federal Public Administration (APF).


Sargassum Affects the Mexican Caribbean

The arrival of sargassum on the beaches of Quintana Roo has accelerated in the last month and continues to affect approximately 47 beaches in the region. Recently, Mexico's Naval Ministry (SEMAR) has collected over 10,462.76 tons and has implemented a strategy to contain the sargassum on the coasts of the Mexican Caribbean.

SEMAR has joined forces with the government of Quintana Roo and the private sector to manually clean up the area with the help of civilians to carry the algae out of the beaches. In addition, the ministry implemented satellite surveillance, helicopters, 11 sargassum gathering vessels, small boats and most importantly, the ship Natan's BSO-101. Alejandro López Centeno, the coordinator of the National Strategy for Sargasso Attention and SEMAR's Rear Admiral, declared that "the work of the "Natans" is carried out in offshore waters to prevent the sargassum from reaching the coasts. It was built specifically for cargo since practically the entire vessel holds a capacity of 250 tons of sargassum."

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
MBN, Fonatur, Semar
Photo by:   hat3m
Lorenzo Núñez Lorenzo Núñez Junior Journalist & Industry Analyst