Economic Driver of Southeast Mexico
Located in the Yucatan Peninsula, Puerto de Progreso has a broad infrastructure capable of offering excellent port services. At an official depth of 32 feet and ten berths ranging between 426 and 1,082 feet long, it has sufficient capacity to move all types of cargo. Well-known for being the only offshore port in the country, it has a 4.11 mile-long pier and a 4.68 mile-long shipping channel, 492 feet wide and 42 feet deep.
The port consists of a specialized container terminal, a specialized grain terminal (second largest in throughput in the country), a specialized cruise and ferry terminal, as well as a hydrocarbon terminal operated by Pemex. Two more terminals will begin operating in the near future: a non-oil liquid bulk terminal and another for vessel and rig repair and maintenance. Puerto de Progreso also has two multiple-use piers, dry storage and refrigerated storage, among others.
Worth mentioning is the excellent connectivity offered by Puerto Progreso thanks to the presence of diverse shipping lines, such as Línea Peninsular, with a regular service two times a week connecting Progreso with the Port of Panama City, FL, as well as a weekly service to/from Houston, Texas and the Port of Altamira, where, through an agreement with shippers Hanjin Shipping, Hapag Lloyd and CMA-CMG respectively, freight is moved to/from the entire world.
In the same manner, carrier Hamburg Süd connects Progreso with port of the Caribbean and Central America, as well as to/from Asia, Europe and South America. Melfi Marine Corp. also connects Progreso with Gulf ports, the Caribbean and the European Mediterranean, through the port of Havana, Cuba.
Port executives understand the need to continue investing in infrastructure capable of guaranteeing further port development, and, consequently, are working on developments such as the Alternate Viaduct which provides access to the Port, with the goal to increase throughput; the expansion of the roadways between the offshore port and the city; the Tourism Shopping Center, bringing a new image to the Port and increasing the tourism-commercial offering; and the remodeling of the former Customs Building, now providing new office space in a modern, optimal setting to promote, attract and watch over new port investments and business.
Business opportunities are abundant currently. Puerto Progreso has the potential to become a maritime bridge, efficiently connecting with the East Coast of the United States, and to develop manufacturing in the Yucatan Peninsula where products can reach US territory, or vice versa, after only two days in transit. Moreover, the middle of the country can be reached by land in less than 16 hours, at competitive costs.
In the area of tourism, Progreso is fourth in the country handling passengers. The State of Yucatán is renowned for attracting tourists from all over the world to its unique attractions, such as Chichen Itzá, seventh wonder of the modern world, beautiful beaches, the colonial city of Mérida, diverse archaeological areas, “haciendas” that relive history, and beautiful cenotes with crystal-clear waters. The State of Yucatán guarantees a unique quality of life and growing economic development. Puerto de Progreso, arrowhead in logistics, offers all the necessary services to do any type of business.