David Uribe Haydar
Integrated Port Administration of Campeche

The Port of Isla del Carmen

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 12:51

“Even though Isla del Carmen is already an important port for Mexico, the Governor of the State of Campeche is aiming to further develop this oil and gas hub, says David Uribe Haydar, current Administrator of the Integrated Port Administration of Campeche (APICAM). “He is devoted to improving and developing port infrastructure at Isla del Carmen, with a specific emphasis on building infrastructure that will help consolidate Campeche as a logistical, administrative, and service center for the oil and gas industry.”

The Port of Isla del Carmen, located at the entrance of the Términos Lagoon in the Gulf of Mexico, was originally created for fishing and commercial activities; nevertheless, over the years it has been modified and adapted to incorporate logistical services for all type of vessels supporting Pemex’s o†shore activities. Currently, the Port of Isla del Carmen has 157,627m2 of land and 209, 871m2 of water surface, 48 waterfront o·ce spaces for rent, 35 interior o·ces for rent with storage rooms, restaurants, shops, and more o·ce space, 184 supply vessels and passenger boats, 1,230 arrivals on average per month, and a passenger terminal with an ability to hold 1,800 to 2000 people.

Besides being a strategic port for all oil and gas operations for Pemex’s Southeast Marine Region, the Port of Isla del Carmen has made Ciudad del Carmen one of the most important economic centers in Mexico because of all the jobs, infrastructure, schools, restaurants, and hotels that the oil and gas business has brought to the city. “Besides its economic growth, Ciudad del Carmen has had an educational boom in the last five to 10 years,” asserts Armando Rodríguez García, Director General of the Mexican Chamber of Marine Transportation Industries (Cameintram). Today, the University of Ciudad del Carmen is o†ering undergraduate and graduate studies in fields such as petroleum engineering and marine a†airs, and the city’s school system has been greatly improved to meet the rising demand of Mexican and international workers who moved to Ciudad del Carmen to participate in the development of its oil and gas industry.

Even though the Port of Isla del Carmen currently receives the highest number of vessels in Mexico, if it wants to compete with larger federal ports such as Dos Bocas and Coatzacoalcos, it must improve its current infrastructure and construct new buildings. Although Ciudad del Carmen has the competitive edge of being the closest port to Mexico’s main o†shore fields Cantarell and Ku-MaloobZaap, this will not be a simple task, according to Uribe Haydar, because the current financial situation of the state of Campeche is fragile and there is not enough money to invest in state-of-the-art port installations. “Nonetheless, with the help of Pemex, the federal government, and Apicam, Campeche could potentially find the resources to modernize the port of Isla del Carmen and compete at a national level,” argues Rodríguez García.