The Mexican Port of Chiapas, located in the Pacific area, has already become the fourth port with the largest number of container operations in the country, after the ports of Manzanillo, Lazaro Cardenas, and Ensenada. Between January and July 2019, the port moved 33,078 20-foot units (TEU), i.e. 8.5% more than the 30,482 containers that were moved through the port in the same period of 2018.
Since the company, Chiquita Brands, implemented in 2017 the first weekly fixed route between Puerto Chiapas and the port of Hueneme, California, the Mexican port has experienced constant growth, consolidating its logistical importance for Mexican exports.
In August of this year, the first container with bananas from the Soconusco region was sent to China through this port; an occasion that served to celebrate the opening of new markets. This shipment represents the opportunity to open new sea routes from Puerto Chiapas, allowing customers, producers, and export unions to offer a cost-effective alternative for regional exports, according to API information.
Moreover, the port recently received the BRICOR SPM tugboat which guarantees the vessels' safety when navigating within the enclosure. The tugboat was provided by and is operated by the BRICOR service provider. The BRICOR tugboat has 42 tons of fixed point pull, which means it has four times more force than the previous tugboat; it also has two engines with 4,200 horsepower each.
“The arrival of the BRICOR tugboat symbolizes the renovation of the port towards a new stage of development, looking for projects that give growth to the Port of Chiapas and the region together with our clients, our assignees, our providers, and suppliers. It will also benefit the people who have always believed in the port and those who are just starting to use it,” API stated.