In the last two years, Galápagos has suffered a back and forth of problems. This week the long column of trucks in Puertogal, in La Pradera de Guayaquil, suggests a possible shortage of food on the islands in the coming weeks.
Although the company responsible for the transfer denied it yesterday in a newsletter. Panismar, the consortium responsible for transporting the cargo, said in a letter (March 19) sent to Eduardo Aguirre, Undersecretary of Ports, that it is necessary to increase the rate, the only option to continue in the business.
But yesterday in a statement said that there is a “small congestion” in Puertogal, because “inexplicably the SPTMF (Undersecretary of Ports and Maritime and Fluvial Transport) issues a loading itinerary for Fusion (ship) of 12 days, when they know with accuracy that this boat carries more than 3,500 tons “. “In this sense and not to generate more chaos for that decision that is not understood, we inform that we will work on May 1 and 3 Normally from 08:00 to 17:00, “Panismar said in a statement.
“Consolidation and deconsolidation operations in the yards of Guayaquil, Santa Cruz and San Cristóbal are developing normally.” The undersecretary did not issue a statement on Panismar’s request to increase the rate, or the supposed change in schedule. Nor on whether the aforementioned company complies with the provisions of the 2016 resolution, which stipulates that cargo operators in Galapagos must have 60% of the minimum equipment required, which must be their own, to guarantee the operation.
In terms of infrastructure, it is mandatory to have 100% of the minimum requirement. What Aguirre has received is a proposal of APP (public-private partnership) to provide port and logistics services for Galapagos. The same offer has Norman Wray Reyes, president of the Government Council of the Special Regime of the province of Galapagos.
It is an operation of the integral logistics for the handling of the load destined to the islands and the construction, development and operation of terminals and zones of reception and cargo dispatch in Continental Ecuador and Galápagos, proposed by Atlantic Containers Transport (Atcontrans). Atcontrans The cost is the same with more equipment The public-private partnership proposal does not imply a rate increase. The personnel to be hired will be a resident of the islands.
And it proposes to improve ship rotation times, improve consolidation and cargo delivery facilities, reduce costs and respect national security and “safeguarding the ecosystem”.
A forklift will be installed with 28 tons of capacity, another of 10 tons and another four of 3 tons of capacity. An “own team” of 46 tractors will be used with an integral tracking system. This same proposal was presented to the administration of Lorena Tapia, former president of the Governing Council.
Panismar is being served in Guayaquil The current cargo operator of the islands said that he attended on Monday in Guayaquil. EXPRESO, on the other hand, confirmed the long column of vehicles at the entrance to Puertogal.
That day, the company said, it was assisted in the unloading operation of the Fusion vessel from the islands with 225 containers to be located there for its future consolidation of merchandise.
Note that from April 2018 to date the authorities have qualified two ships to meet the 3 monthly itineraries to and from Galapagos. According to the company, it transports 6,300 tons of containers per month and that the last ship sailed on April 26. (I)