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The Port Captain's offices in Mexico are responsible for ensuring the safety, security, and efficient operation of ports and waterways within their jurisdiction. They are part of the Mexican Navy, specifically the Secretariat of the Navy (SEMAR), and operate under the authority of the Mexican government.
Each Port Captain’s office is empowered with the authority to license and annually review all commercial operators, which includes, Tour companies, and private charter operators in concert with specific government regulations and to make sure they are paying the appropriate fees required. The Port Captain's office is responsible for enforcing maritime regulations and laws, such as vessel safety, navigation, and environmental protection. All commercially licensed vessels are examined annually by a Safety Inspector to assure compliance with safety regulations.
Overall, the Port Captain's offices in Mexico function as key regulatory and operational bodies in ensuring the safety, security, and efficient operation of ports and waterways throughout the country. They also provide support services to vessels, such as pilotage, tugging, and berthing, and oversee port operations and infrastructure, such as docks, piers, and warehouses.