Due to climate change, adverse weather conditions are being witnessed and consequently operational downtime at the Mauritius Container Terminal (MCT) has also increased. Accordingly, it is important for the MPA to create an Island Terminal and Breakwater at the MCT. This project would also increase the container capacity at the MCT.
The consultancy contract for the Preliminary Technical Study and Design of Island Terminal and Breakwater Structure at Port Louis was awarded to Messrs. Royal HaskoningDHV at the price of Euro 1,494,253.00 in October 2017. The study was financed by a grant from the African Development Bank (AFD) and was completed in January 2019. The Techno-Economic Feasibility Study carried out by Messrs. Royal HaskoningDHV confirmed the feasibility of the project.
It is estimated that the Island Terminal and Breakwater structure project would entail an investment to the tune of US$ 835 million and the implementation of this project would be on a Public-Private Partnership basis. It is foreseen that the Government of Mauritius and/or the Authority, would be required to finance the basic infrastructure, whereas the private developer would be responsible for constructing and equipping the berths.