MEXICAN NAVY SHIP ZAPOTECO VISITS PORT OF LOS ANGELES, OFFERS FREE PUBLIC TOURS JUNE 27-30
SAN PEDRO, Calif. — June 22, 2015 — The Zapoteco, an auxiliary Navy cadet-training ship from Colima, Mexico, will sail into the Port of Los Angeles this weekend and offer free public tours next week on the LA Waterfront.
On its maiden voyage to Los Angeles, Zapoteco, with a crew of approximately 190 on board, will arrive at Berth 46, also known as the Outer Harbor, on Saturday, June 27 and be available for free public tours through Tuesday, June 30. Tour hours are:
- Saturday, June 27 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (free shuttle service from Wilmington)
- Sunday, June 28 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (free shuttle service from Wilmington)
- Monday, June 29 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Tuesday, June 30 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Tours are on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations or tickets are not required. Free parking is available at the Outer Harbor, located at 3011 Miner Street in San Pedro. Over the weekend, a free shuttle to the ship will depart from the Wilmington YMCA at 1127 N. Avalon Blvd in Wilmington. Visit lawaterfront.org for shuttle schedule information.
A floating hospital, Zapoteco serves as a disaster relief vessel and has aided earthquake victims in Haiti, Indonesia, Peru, and El Salvador. Zapoteco has been twice-honored by the Mexican Navy for “performing an act which constitutes an example worthy of imitation.”
Zapoteco was commissioned by the Mexican Navy as a Huasteco-class logistics vessel in 1986. The ship measures 254 feet in length, and weighs 1174 gross tons. The ship’s home port is in Manzanillo, Mexico.