Mauritius port to transform to lead in regional development
The Mauritius port will undergo a major development in the coming years with a seven-kilometer extension of the Port, which will also comprise new facilities, and a modern port that will be the region’s leading port.(Image: portguide.mu)
The number of cranes will increase from five to seven and the existing quay will be extended by 240 metres, which in turn will allow more operations in terms of volumes and numbers and position Mauritius as a leading port in the region.
These will be possible in the near future after completion of the extension and strengthening of the Mauritius Container Terminal (MCT) by March 2017.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism and External Communications, Xavier Luc Duval, made this statement yesterday during a site visit at the port to take stock of the progress achieved regarding works being carried out for the development of the port.
Xavier Duval highlighted that the works comprised the extension and strengthening of the terminal, marine and civil works and dredging works to the tune at Rs 5.8 billion and that these will pave the way for further works such as a phase two for the extension of the container terminal and an island container terminal.
Xavier Duval underlined that the core work till March 2017 concerns the extension of the existing 560 metres MCT berth by 240 metres and the expansion of the container stacking yard by 7.5 hectares.
Sandesh Seelochun, Manager, Port Development, at the Mauritius Ports Authority, explained that in terms of transhipment volume it is expected that the number will increase from 500,000 TEUs to some 800,000 TEUs after completion of the works.
Finally, the port will be in a better position to handle a greater volume of cargo and will take less time to do so as the crane movement is expected to increase from 20 to 25 moves per hour.
It is to be noted thatAFD recently approved funding of approximately Rs 1 billion in favour of Mauritius for the development of its port area, where the loan comes with a grant of around Rs 48 million and the financing agreement was signed on June 25 in Paris by the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Vishnu Lutchmeenaraidoo, on behalf of the Mauritian Government.