Ship left cars, trucks and tractors in Cuba, in addition to the 84 buses donated by Japan

The ship that arrived in Havana on Thursday with 84 donated buses by Japan to Cuba also left cars, vans and tractors in the port that were not reported by the authorities.

A Port Facility worker posted several images of the cars brought on Thursday, January 13 by the ship HOEGH MANILA, under the Norwegian flag, among which are Toyota vans, Belarus tractors and vans and cars of the Asian vehicle brand of English origin Maxus.

Cars unloaded from the ship sent by Japan to Cuba. Facebook

The Cuban government limited itself to saying in a television report that it had “completed the unloading of a donation from the Japanese government consisting of 84 buses” that would alleviate the situation of public transportation in Havana.

Facebook post. Screenshot.

However, the images confirm that other cars also arrived on the ship, which entered the Bay in the morning before the curious gaze of dozens of people who photographed it and shared its passage in front of the boardwalk on social networks.

Tour of the HOEGH MANILA before arriving in Cuba. Source: Vesselfinder.

The donation of the buses is part of a development project for the city and the improvement of transportation in the Cuban capital, said the official portal Cubadebate.

According to the information, the buses were assembled in Colombia and will be operated by the Guanabo (59) and Bahía (25) terminals, after passing the technical and quality reviews designed by the Cuban government.

Maxus cars unloaded from the ship sent by Japan to Cuba. Facebook

Until now, the use that will be given to the other vehicles and the agreements for obtaining them are unknown.

In 2019, Cuba and Japan signed legal documents to make official a donation of more than 30 million dollars to improve the electricity service and transportation on the Caribbean island.

Trucks unloaded from the ship sent by Japan to Cuba. Facebook

In the middle of last year, the Asian nation also donated machinery to the Cuban government to increase agricultural production –specifically the obtaining of quality rice seeds–, valued at almost 10 million dollars.

The lot included almost fifty self-propelled transplanting machines, 42 harvesters, 41 tray seeders for the production of postures and 199 tractors for the puddle of rice areas.

Toyota trucks unloaded from the ship sent by Japan to Cuba. Facebook

Shortly after, Japan donated equipment to the Agroindustrial Company of Granos Sur del Jíbaro, in the province of Sancti Spíritus. The entity received 40 tractors for the preparation of the land, 10 combined small harvesters, nine rice transplanters, six tray seeders and these containers for sowing.

MAXUS vans unloaded from the ship sent by Japan to Cuba. Facebook

Cuba has suffered for years from a public transport crisis aggravated by the coronavirus pandemic. Cuba’s transport minister reported in December that less than 50 percent of the vehicle fleet operates on the island.

In Havana, barely 400 buses of the 700 needed to regularize the situation of public transport in that city of two million inhabitants work.

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