President Enrique Peña Nieto commemorated Navy Day in the state of Colima.
“National Navy Day is a day when we celebrate the courage, professionalism and commitment shown by seamen and seawomen every day."
Mexico has 11,500 kilometers of coastline, with 3.1 million square kilometers of Exclusive Economic Zone.
Of the 32 states in the country, 17 have coastlines and a clearly maritime vocation.
In 2015, more than 1.7 million tons of fish and shellfish were caught, making Mexico the third largest fish producer in Latin America and the sixteenth largest worldwide.
On May 4, the reopening of 10,000 square kilometers in Campeche for orderly, sustainable fishing was announced. This measure will directly benefit approximately 2,000 fishermen and create over 6,000 new jobs.
In terms of trade, Mexico has sea routes connecting with 145 countries on five continents; the country is a compulsory stopover for the world’s main shipping lines.
Every year, ports receive 5.6 million passengers and mobilize 370 million tons of cargo and 5 million containers.
"Despite these figures, Mexican waters still have enormous potential for development.”
In the three and a half years of the current administration, the Merchant Navy has been given a renewed impetus.
It currently has 739 large vessels; the largest number of ships in its history.
The legal framework of the Maritime Administration is being brought up to date.
“I recently submitted a reform bill to transfer the functions of the Port Authorities to the Navy.”
This change is designed to streamline the operation of these facilities, while guaranteeing the safety and security of national and international maritime activities.
- At present, the 40 largest ports in Mexico have the capacity to handle 370 million tonnes a year. This is almost 90 million tonnes more than in 2012, an increase of 32%.
- Progress is being made towards the target of doubling port capacity in this administration, and being able to handle over 500 million tons in 2018.
- Projects underway include the expansion of the ports of Altamira, Ciudad del Carmen and Progreso in the Gulf of Mexico, and the construction of new facilities in the ports of Coatzacoalcos, Matamoros, Seybaplaya, Tuxpan and Veracruz.
- Key improvements on the Pacific coast include the modernization of the ports of Guaymas and Mazatlan; the new facilities in Lázaro Cárdenas, Salina Cruz and Topolobampo and, of course, the work to expand the Port of Manzanillo.
In 2012 Manzanillo was saturated and required the joint efforts of the authorities and entrepreneurs to achieve modernization.
Three years later, thanks to the first stage of the Container Terminal II Terminal and the Multi-Purpose Terminal, Manzanillo is being repositioned as one of the most dynamic, productive and efficient ports in Latin America.
"On National Navy Day, I would like to thank all who make their lives at sea a vocation of service to Mexico.
In particular, I wish to highlight the noble mission of the Mexican Navy. Its loyal, patriotic performance, always for the benefit of the nation, is a source of pride for all Mexicans.”