Strong winds and heavy seas are being blamed for the damage to the ferry ramp at Playa Naranjo. Port officials said they expect the ferry ramp to be out of commission for at least two months.
A new ramp is estimated to cost 300 million colons or nearly $600,000. The ferry usually travels from Puntarenas to Playa Naranjo, which is on the Nicoya Peninsula. This is one of two ferry routes servicing the peninsula.
Luis Fernando Coronado, director of the División Marítima Portuaria, said that a decision will be made this week on the construction of a temporary ramp. That would mean service could resume in two to three weeks, he said.
A ferry ramp is a complicated system. It has to be able to raise and lower itself to accommodate changes in sea level. The ferries carry heavy trucks, so the ramp has to be sturdy. The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes supervises the ports through the División Marítima Portuaria.