Inspenet, October 17, 2023.
The maritime platform would have been deteriorated for at least 2 years
One of the main tourist attractions on the northern coast of Rio Grande do Sul, in Brazil, the Atlântida maritime platform in Xangri-Lá, collapsed during the early hours of last Sunday, October 15. According to the municipality, the structure of the platform had shown signs of deterioration for at least two years and talks to repair the site were ongoing between the municipal administration and the Association of Users of the Atlántida Maritime Platform (Asuplama), an independent entity. In charge of site maintenance.
The platform area was closed on Friday by the association after undergoing an inspection.
“We identified the crack in some walls, it is a sign that we are always monitoring. We mobilize a technical evaluation. An engineer came and looked, expressed the need to conduct an inspection. Friday the 13th was already there. We are here with the team to contain the deterioration process. Unfortunately, it was not possible to contain the advance of the destructive process that was taking place there.“explains the president of Asuplama, José Luis Rabadán.
“I think there is nothing more to do now. Proper maintenance was never done. It is very sad to see how a tourist and historical place in the city deteriorates“says Mayor Celso Bassani Barbosa (PTB).
In 2021, a renovation of the place was agreed upon in a pact between the municipality, the association, the Federal Public Ministry (MPF) and the federal government. However, the work did not advance due to bureaucratic complications. Thereafter, the platform has continued to deteriorate, showing signs of corrosion , cracks, and damage to the support beams.
In 1997, a part of the platform structure had already given way and was never completely restored. Additionally, strong waves in 2016 and 2019 caused additional damage to the pier.
It should be noted that last Sunday, a protest was held at the site, organized by photographer David Castro.
This platform, founded in 1975, extends approximately 280 meters above the sea. According to Asuplama, the site receives around 30,000 tourists a year and is mainly used for fishing. At certain times of the year, it is possible to spot whales in the area.
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