Sans Soucí Ports Invests RD$70M in Cleaning the Ozama River

Sans Soucí Ports Invests RD$70M in Cleaning the Ozama River

SD. Featuring an approximate cost of RD$70million per year, the company Sans Soucí Ports continues the upkeeping and sanitation process for the Ozama River.

Currently the company CodraLux is cleaning the main access way to the Port of Santo Domingo and in 15 days they will be cleaning 150 thousand cubic meters of sediment and waste.

Codralux uses high-tech equipments which include operating a self-propelled suction vessel, which withdraws the sediments, stores them in a hopper, and then dumps them in the areas approved by MIMARENA and the Marine Corps.

Amaury Romero, Operations director for the company, reassured that through this costly investment, they seek to rid the bottom of the river from all debris in order to attain the required depth for all ships making port in the Port of Santo Domingo and thus assure the availability for vessels of greater tonnage. This is a zone of the Dominican capital where cruise ships are received year-round and an increase in passenger arrivals is expected in the coming months.

Romero pointed out that with the cleansing process they maintain all navigational conditions for a term of approximately 6months, reason why he calls out for further efforts on behalf of all State organizations whom are involved in the cleaning process of the rivers Ozama and Isabela.

Romero stated that 60% of all extracted residue are composed of sediments from slides from dragging dirt, mud, chemical waste, household and industrial debris.

About Sansouci:

Sansouci is a company in the Real State & Tourism portfolio of assets managed by VICINI.

The VICINI family has invested in different economic sectors in the Dominican Republic for over 140 years. VICINI is one of the companies that has contributed significantly to the development and industrialization of the country.

Source: Diario Libre

Sans Soucí Ports Cleans the Ozama River for RD$70M

Sans Soucí Ports Cleans the Ozama River for RD$70M

Santo Domingo. With an approximate annual cost of RD$70million, Sans Soucí Ports continues the sanitation works of the Ozama river. Currently they are cleaning the main access waterway to the Port of Santo Domingo and the dam with the company Codralux, which in 15 days will be cleaning around 150,000 cubic meters of sediment and debris.

The Operations director for the company responsible for the cleansing, Amaury Romero, explained that 60% of the extracted residue are composed by sediments which originated from dragging land, mud, household waste, chemical and industrial residue, fecal matter and irregular construction materials; 30% is plastic, while the remaining 10% represents other debris which came from sewers, industries and persons whom dump the waist directly in the watershed of the Ozama and Isabela rivers.

Cutting edge technology: Codralux uses high-tech equipment which include the operations of a self-propelled suction barge, which extracts sediments, stores them in a hopper and then dumps them in areas approved by the Ministry of Environment and the Marine Corps. According to Romero, this costly investment seeks to eliminate the debris deposited at the bottom of the river, in order to attain the required depth for all vessels making port at the Port of Santo Domingo at the same time it assures availability to vessels of greater tonnage. Romero pointed out that the digging process maintains the navigational conditions for an approximate term of 6months, reason why he calls out to increasing efforts on behalf of State organizations involved with the integral cleaning of the Ozama and Isabela rivers, and to their judgment is a pending and urgent task to carry out in the Great Santo Domingo. Romero also explained that adding to the digs, Sans Soucí Ports is issuing the manual collection of floating waste within the periphery and surrounding areas of the river in constant manner, with an annual operational cost of RD$2million. The company estimates an increase to RD$5million for next year, due to the implementation of a novelty project that seeks to mechanize the surface collecting, which should complement the pickup that will be done by the National District City Hall once the mesh placement process in the floating bridge comes to an end.

PORT SANS SOUCI FEATURES: In a press release sent to this publication, Sans Soucí Ports emphasized that it is a private multi-purpose port, unique in its kind (cruise ships, freight, events and ferry services), efficient and safe, aimed at service, environmental preservation and social commitment.                                     

The Port of Santo Domingo is located in the outflow channel of the Ozama River. Its location with the centric Caribbean make it adequate for planning flexible itineraries, as well as a transit port due to the excellent highways and airport infrastructure within the Santo Domingo region. The renovation of the port forms part of a shoreline redesigning project, and has as its main goal to integrate and port zone and the Olde City seeking to develop an attractive destination for cruise ships, yachts and other high-profile tourism options. With the legislative support approved in 2005, the project developed by Grupo Sans Soucí also includes the development of a new sports hub and some 122 acres of leisure-aimed portside real estate development. The renovation of the port began ends of 2005, and includes the renovation of the Don Diego Terminal.

About Sansouci:

Sansouci is a company in the Real State & Tourism portfolio of assets managed by VICINI.

The VICINI family has invested in different economic sectors in the Dominican Republic for over 140 years. VICINI is one of the companies that has contributed significantly to the development and industrialization of the country.

Source: Listin Diario

Grupo SID Celebrated Their 75th Anniversary in the Market

INDUVECA: Grupo SID Celebrated Their 75th Anniversary in the Market

SANTO DOMINGO. Grupo SID celebrated their 75th anniversary within the Dominican market, being the leading corporate group and an example to myriad generations, a celebration which closed with the artistic presentation of the charismatic Juan Luis Guerra. The activity was hosted by José Miguel Bonetti Guerra, president, and Roberto Bonetti Guerra, vice-president, as well as by other members of the Board of Directors.

Bonetti Guerra spoke about their grand vision for the future which gave way to what is now known as Grupo SID. “When we think about the time that has gone by, in every experienced lived, in the evolution of our companies and how far we have come, the main inspiration for my words tonight is to look around this hall and state that today we acknowledge 1,275 employees with over 10 years seniority”.

Bonetti acknowledged that the success reflected by Grupo SID, responds to the strong hearts that have always staked on the best, and on human talent capable of continuing an evolving project.

The event, which gathered over 2,600 employees, was seized as occasion to distinguish the most senior staff members whom have demonstrated that as time passes, their commitment and love for the organization is reaffirmed every time.

Their companies

Currently Grupo SID is formed by several pioneer companies, leaders in the markets they participate in, as well as in social responsibility: MercaSID, Induveca S.A, Agua Crystal, S.A; Induspalma S.A, SID Franquicias, Flordom S.A, and Cítricos Tropicales, S.A among others.

About INDUVECA:

Induveca is a company in the Food and Beverage portfolio of assets managed by VICINI.

The VICINI family has invested in different economic sectors in the Dominican Republic for over 140 years. VICINI is one of the companies that has contributed significantly to the development and industrialization of the country.

SOURCE: Diario Libre

 

EducaSID Sponsors More Schools

EducaSID Sponsors More Schools

Already 11 schools are under the sponsorship of Grupo SID and their project EducaSID, for a better future. In this, its second year, they have extended their program throughout the provinces of Santo Domingo, Monte Plata, Santiago and Azua, and are contemplating to continue including educational centers each year. Lil Esteva, Corporate Communications VP for Grupo SID, made public the new sponsorships from each of the group companies, to which they will continue supporting.

MercaSID will continue supporting the Fidel Ferrer and the Santo Domingo Special Schools, adding also Fundación Villa Bendición and Street Action in Santiago, next to Induveca. Likewise, Induveca will continue sponsoring the San Martín de Porres School and have also included the Father Fantino Children’s Home, Street Action, the Villa Esperanza shelter and the Community Center of Sabana Yegua.

Esteva pointed out that Induspalma will continue supporting the San Francisco school, adding also the Batey San José academic center to the efforts within the education area. Both are located in neighbouring communities.

The executive mentioned that they have added recreational activities in the sports and culture fields, by seeking integration amongst the staff and student body. Theater, cooking and sports such as basketball and baseball were added to the program. With the aim of educating in health subject matter both parents and their children, the Foundation “Caminantes por la Vida” (Walking for Life), alongside its president, Ana Bonetti and her team, were present through awareness-building talk sessions and the delivery of health-related educational materials.

Grupo SID,is formed by the companies MercaSID, Induveca, Agua Crystal, Induspalma, SID Entertainment and SID Franquicias.

About INDUVECA:

Induveca is a company in the Food and Beverage portfolio of assets managed by VICINI.

The VICINI family has invested in different economic sectors in the Dominican Republic for over 140 years. VICINI is one of the companies that has contributed significantly to the development and industrialization of the country.

Source: Hoy

Hotel and Restaurant Management Students Will Be Able to Intern in Sans Soucí

Santo Domingo. The University Pro Education and Culture (APEC), and Sans Soucí Ports, signed a collaboration agreement so that students majoring in hotel and restaurant management can intern in the port, this way attaining a specialized practical training.

The agreement was signed by the chancellor of UNAPEC, Mr. Radhamés Mejía, and the president of the port, Lisandro Macarrulla, during an act hosted at the academic institution

Both entities assume the commitment “aware of the necessity that future professionals of the hospitality sector, attain a training and education, that is not just theoretical but practical, updated according to what currently evolves within the cruise industry mainly in the Santo Domingo destination.

Through this agreement, university students can do their internships at the port and obtain a practical specialized training, by entering in real contact with the port and tourist sector companies.

After the signing of the agreement, Macarrulla said that the purpose is to create the opportunity for students to deliver the required 400 work hours their pensum requires them prior to graduating.

During the initial phase of the program, 15 students will be selected, further on the number of students will increase.

About Sansouci:

Sansouci is a company in the Real State & Tourism portfolio of assets managed by VICINI.

The VICINI family has invested in different economic sectors in the Dominican Republic for over 140 years. VICINI is one of the companies that has contributed significantly to the development and industrialization of the country.

Source: Listin Diario

Hertz Wins World Prize for 13th Consecutive Year

Hertz Wins World Price for 13th Consecutive Year

According to a press release, Hertz has been chosen at the World’s Best (Best of the World) Awards 2012 by Travel& Leisure Magazine.

Joan Flaquer, GM for Hertz in Dominican Republic, explained that in ther 17years, the survey has become the definite list of preferred hotels, cruise lines, airlines, car rental agencies, tour operators and tourist destinations, according to readers vote, whom are all experienced travelers.

Flaquer also said, that due to their great performance every year, Hertz has earned its place in the “World’s Best Awards” Hall of Fame, granted for the first time to companies that have earned the top score for over 10 years.

About EDOM:

EDOM is the authorized representative in the Dominican Republic of the brands: Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Iveco, Vespa, Case Ih Agriculture, New Holland Construction, New Holland Agriculture, Kobelco, Cifa and Petronas Lubricants. It is a company in the Retail, Food and Beverage portfolio of assets managed by VICINI.

The VICINI family has invested in different economic sectors in the Dominican Republic for over 140 years. VICINI is one of the companies that has contributed significantly to the development and industrialization of the country.

Source: LIstin Diario

Cruise Tourism in the DR Has Been Well Predicted

Cruise Tourism in the DR Has Been Well Predicted

Cruise tourism is showing signs of recovery and aimed towards attracting new cruise lines that will commence operating in the country, the upgrading of both Santo Domingo terminals, and the construction of a station in Puerto Plata, and the project of including Barahona in the list of tourist ports. The Cruise Department Director of the Tourism Ministry, Orfilia Salazar , explained the reactivation of the sector which began in 2010, starting from the VII Annual Cruise Conference, via which a direct approach was achieved with the most prestigious cruise lines, and attracting Carnival Corporation for the construction of the Amber Cove terminal in the Maimón Bay, in Puerto Plata.

Likewise, the ministry announced the operational commencement of the firm MSC in the Dominican Republic for this season, with the model Lirica which will embark and disembark passengers in Sansoucí, and will stop in La Romana, this means, it will dock in two Dominican ports. Asides Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Aida, Norwegian Cruise, Seabound, Kristina, Costa Cruise lines, Celebrity Cruise, Medellin and other companies currently visiting the country.

Salazar informed that last year, they closed with a balance of approximately 450,000 cruise passengers, by both Santo Domingo Ports and La Romana, and in the dock points of Cayo Levantado and Catalina island, during the season which begins in October and ends in April. However, the official pointed out that the country is ready to receive more than 1,000,000 cruise tourists by season.  “We have wanted to compare the country to Labadee in Haiti, but they receive cruise ships year round and have the island leased to one of the most important cruise firms which docks all their vessels with capacities between 3,000 and 5,000 passengers. When Amber Cove begins their operations in Maimón, then the comparison will be possible” she explained.

The Travelwise CEO, Laura Asilis, estimated that Dominican Republic could receive 15 ships per day and coincided with the Tourism dignitary that what is needed is for lines to remain in the country year-round and not just in the winter season. “We have to offer all the facilities for cruises to arrive, because the average expenditure by a passenger docking at port in one day is around USD$100.00, thus representing a significant revenue for the economy, if taken into account that a vessel can bring in up to 5,000 passengers”, said the businesswoman.

Asilis emphasized as well on the necessity of strengthening citizen safety and educating tourist transport companies, per her assurance, due to the reporting of incidents in which taxi drivers fights for tourists. “This is what reflects in passenger observations on board, which are decisive regarding a ship making port or not”, she manifested. Asilis also said that in the country it is essential to work on citizen education regarding the way tourists should be received, because even Dominicans are used to foreign visitors checking in at hotels as well as the lack of a cohabitation culture in communities. “Cruise tourism is an important way of marketing our destination, because if visitors enjoy the experience, it is highly likely they will return by plane or repeat the cruise experience”, emphasized Asilis. Salazar added that cruise tourism is ascending in its growth, projected up to 2,020, and pointed out  its importance for boosting the economy , not just because of the fees paid per passenger by the cruise line, or dockage and navigational rights, but also because they represent consumption and direct as well as indirect employment in restaurants, gift shops, tour guides, artisans, tour operators as well as other goods and services.

NEXT SEASON EXPECTATIONS: By offering the report for the 2011-2012 season which ended in April, Salazar informed that Samana was the only port which experienced a decrease in tourist arrivals compared to season 2009-2010. However for the next two seasons, Royal Caribbean confirmed their ships will be docking in the bay, thus contributing with a visitor capacity of 32,000 per season, which represents a 2% increase for the 2012-2013 season. Up until ends of 2014, Carnival Corporation has not foreseen to begin operating at Amber Cove, Puerto Plata, reason why the immediate plans are to work in Sansoucí, La Romana and Samaná, which the best expectations for the city of Santo Domingo as a multiple option destination for cruise tourists. Salazar said that the USD$30million investment the MITUR will made in order to restore the Olde City, throughout the Interamerican Development Bank (IADB), will serve as a platform to relaunch Santo Domingo as a tourist destination.

About Sansouci:

Sansouci is a company in the Real State & Tourism portfolio of assets managed by VICINI.

The VICINI family has invested in different economic sectors in the Dominican Republic for over 140 years. VICINI is one of the companies that has contributed significantly to the development and industrialization of the country.

Source: Listin Diario