A fishing port and breakwaters under construction at Fort William and Le Caudan

Times India Today | : Feb 18,2020 04:30 PM IST

February 17, 2020  : The Mauritius Ports Authority (MPA) has allocated a budget of Rs 1.5 billion for the construction of a fishing port and breakwater at Fort William and Caudan. A pre-qualification exercise by the Central Procurement Board is underway in order to draw up a list of potential companies. The deadline for submitting the documents required for this exercise is February 25, 2020.



The MPA project aims to improve fishing operations in the port while rationalizing the parking of fishing vessels at rest. It includes the construction at Fort William of a breakwater which will provide a sheltered basin to allow approximately 120 deep sea fishing vessels to be safely moored. A 50-meter long quay is also planned.



 



With this in mind, the consulting services of CWP Engineering Ltd FZ LLC were retained to undertake the detailed design of the preferred option for the project. The preliminary planning stages have already been completed.



 



At the same time, calls for tenders were launched for geotechnical studies and survey work in order to perfect the details concerning the design plans. The deadline for submission is March 2020. In addition, 3D modeling will be performed to further validate the design plans.



 



It should also be noted that to meet legal obligations, an environmental impact study is underway to assess the possible consequences of the project on the port and its environment, and identify mitigation measures, if necessary. A public consultation exercise is held with the various stakeholders, including the fishing community.



 



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The MPA has allocated some six hectares of land, including 300 meters on the seafront, for the development of wharves and the construction of fish processing facilities by private developers. To this end, it will launch a tender exercise by the end of 2020.



 

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