Cuba inaugurated this Tuesday a floating dock built by China, which, according to official sources, is the most modern and largest that will offer services in the Caribbean region.
The port, named Floating Dock 2, will be managed by the Caribbean Drydock Company SA Shipyard Company, and its advanced technology will have the capacity to operate up to 22 thousand tons of lifting.
The preparation of the structure was carried out by Cuban and Chinese specialists, and this is a million-dollar investment released from a Chinese loan as part of the cooperation projects signed a few years ago between the giant Asian and the Cuban Ministry of Transportation (Mitrans).
Considering the state of the Cuban fleet and the draft of its ships, this new port can be focused mainly on providing services to shipping companies and other companies with ships in the Caribbean area.
The port was built by the Huarun Dadong Dockyard company and its preparation work began in the middle of this year, although the structure arrived in Cuba in 2019, according to New China TV.
According to the Cuban Maritime Transport Business Group (GEMAR), the port will be important for the continuation and development of maritime activity on the island and throughout the Caribbean, thanks to its potential to strengthen Cuba’s capabilities in the industry and make repairs.
In this sense, specialized media such as Mundo Marítimo and Portal Portuario report that the structure will be able to provide service to Panamax-type ships, among the most used in the world.
In addition, due to the importance of the dam for the inflow of foreign currency to the island, its completion and implementation are two of the topics on the agenda of the Cuban delegation visiting China in 2022, led by Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel and Alejandro Gil, Minister of Economy and Planning.