Photographic Adventures in Paradise
From an article in today’s Navedades it seems that the city of Cancun was stalling on their agreed share of payment towards the beach restoration. The Mayor is saying that they are only trying to find a better interest rate for a loan to pay it with. The amount is $230,000,000 dollars! The Mayor stated that interest rate offered by Banco Nacional de Obras (Banobras) ranges from 10 to 14 percent a year for a term of 14 years, which considered as “exorbitant”. ……….Yeah!……..I guess so
So meanwhile back at the beach………….it’s all stopped somewhere near the Marriotts.
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Tom & Suz w/ our 3 feathered friends Larry, Moe, and Curly, in Cancun
The general contractor for this project is the Belgian firm Jan de Nul & it’s Mexican affiliate Mexicana de Dragados. The two main ships (dredgers) are the Volvox Terranova and the Kaishuu shown here in some file photo’s
The Kaishuu dredger file photo
The Volvox Terranova Dredger file photo
The hook up to the beach piping
The project includes the southern beaches of Cancun starting at km.9.5 near the Dreams Cancun resort/hotel, at Punta Cancun and will include the beaches all the way to Punta Nizuc for a total of just over 11.1 kilometers. The project got underway on Oct. 20th and is scheduled to be finished around January 15th. Then they will them move further south to the Playa del Camen/ Playacar area to do the beaches there. After that they are supposed to do a few beaches on Cozumel Island.
The sand is mined from two locations: one from a sand bank La Ollita between Isla Mujeres and Contoy. The second from Punta Norte in Cozumel. The amount of sand to be dredged it 2.7 million cubic meters!
The breakwater is being restored at Punta Cancun to the Islet (Isolet Golodrinas) which should provide some erosion protection for the beaches.
The cost is $52,000,000 USD for the Cancun part of the project. This time a 10 year inspection and maintenance program will also be implemented.
This is truly a world class engineering project.