|Mooring lines on car ferry|
Besides the unexpected appearance of sand dunes the grocery store shelves were bare, ATMs flashing out-of-service-signs, and the centro gas station was out of gasoline. What the heck happened?
It was an unlucky confluence of events that conspired to create chaos. The car ferry was out of service for a few days. Tragic? Not really. Terribly inconvenient? Absolutely.
Living on an island has one disadvantage – everything must be brought to the island, or taken away from the island by boat. No car ferry creates havoc with businesses and personal lives.
|The two nearly identical car ferries on Isla Mujeres|
Around 2009 the private company that owns and operates the car ferry service decided to sell one of those boats and purchased a different style of ship from South Korea, one that had better passenger carrying capacity, but less space for vehicles.
|The new kid on the block Sergio G. Aquilar|
About two weeks ago the remaining large capacity boat was sent to Campeche for emergency repairs to the bottom of the ship. In previous years the car ferries were taken to Cuba, for a re-fit or repairs, until the cost became prohibitive.
Once that boat was out of service, we were left with the smaller capacity car ferry - in use during high season. Not the best solution, but the only one available. The line-ups to get on the boat were longer and the chances of missing a sailing due to an overload increased exponentially.
|How to berth an unruly car ferry - sideways!|
Yep, the remaining car ferry broke down, out of service for a couple of days, leaving the local businesses scrambling to remain open. The shelves in the grocery stores looked like people had been panic buying in preparation for a hurricane. Fresh produce? Nothing. Empty ATMs at the banks and grocery stores refused to dispense cash.
|Jammed in on the Sergio Gracia Aquilar|
The garbage-hauler was unable to remove refuse from the island. And most importantly the beer companies Corona and Sol were unable to replenish supplies! In Lawrie’s estimation that was a national emergency!
|Sunset through the superstructure of the car ferries|
Synchronicity? No, Murphy’s Law.
Lynda and Lawrie