Government of Mauritius Plans More Dredging at Port Louis
The Government of Mauritius announced today in their Budget 2019-2020 Plan that the transformation of the Port Louis Harbor through new investments, in view of expanding its role and capacity, will boost productivity and enhance competitiveness.
The Mauritius Ports Authority (MPA) plans to construct a breakwater to reduce downtime at the port during bad weather conditions. The MPA is also investing in another breakwater at Fort William so as to allow the safe mooring of some 120 ocean-going fishing vessels, thus creating a fully functional fishing port.
Under the plan, the navigational channel will be further dredged to a depth of 18 meters, which will make Port Louis the deepest port in the region.
“These dredged materials will then be used in order to reclaim some 60 hectares of land for the creation of an Island Terminal of containers that will more than double the actual stacking capacity,” according to the official announcement.
It has also been highlighted that the Cargo Handling Corporation will acquire one additional Ship-to-Shore crane along with associated equipment, aiming to increase crane productivity at the port.