Representatives of the ITM group, who intend to invest in the Cabo Rojo Port, announced this Monday the new design of the project that contemplates the relocation of sea grass.
The executives of the foreign investment group explained that they will shortly present the new design to environmental groups, residents of Pedernales and the Ministry of the Environment for their authorization.
Marina Perillat, Corporate Vice President of the Group explained that the company has a concession with the Port Authority and intends to start the construction of the first phase in December with an investment of 100 million dollars.
The proposed project for the Environmental Impact Study in Cabo Rojo consists of a 670-meter breakwater in the southern area of the cape, instead of two breakwaters that the previous design contemplated.
This initiative will have the capacity to dock four boats simultaneously, in which more than 1 million tourists a year will arrive with an average cost of between 80 and 100 USD per passenger, Perillat explained.
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He pointed out that this work is contemplated to trigger 1,500 direct and indirect jobs for the construction phase and in the operation phase it will reach between 1,500 and 2,160 indirect jobs, injecting mobility and economic benefits for the border provinces.
In addition to the 1,500 and 2,180 direct and indirect jobs that are projected to generate jobs.
For his part, Alonso Reyes, a marine biologist and technical expert for the company, pointed out that the site where this new position is projected is made up mostly of sand, sea grass and slopes that lead to the submarine canyon located in the center of the bay and that will be used for the transit of ships.
The project also considers the relocation of sea grass, small coral colonies, sponges, starfish, cucumbers, sea urchins and snails as part of the compensation and mitigation measures that the Ministry of the Environment provides for this type of construction.
The company said that they have summoned representatives of environmental organizations and the Ministry of the Environment to an underwater survey to observe the areas that are projected for the construction of the cruise terminal.