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CF 124: Refurbishment of the Valletta and Marsaxlokk main Breakwater

Project Cost: €10,091,229
Beneficiary: Transport Malta
Line Ministry: Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure
Start Date: 2009
End Date: 2015

Non Technical Short Summary Of Project

The project involved the rehabilitation and reinstatement of the main breakwaters in the ports of Valletta and Marsaxlokk to ensure their long-term structural integrity. Through the proposed activities, the MMA undertook the necessary refurbishment works, thus ensuring that the breakwater structures will continue to serve the purpose of providing a safe port to all vessels and maritime activities at the two ports.

Operational Programme: OPI Investing in Competitiveness for a Better Quality of Life CF
Fund: Cohesion Fund
Operational Objective: To improve maritime accessibility (also inter-island) by upgrading TEN-T ports and related infrastructure.
Priority Axis: PA3 Developing the TEN T
Focus Area Of Intervention: OPIPA3 Maritime Transport Links

Project Objectives

The overall objective of the project is that of ensuring the integrity of the structures of the Valletta and Marsaxlokk breakwaters is retained , thus the structures will continue to provide a safe and sheltered harbour for all maritime activities which are undertaken in the two ports, which in return will contribute towards the Maltese economy. This is particularly important in view of the negative effects of climate change which can include more intense and frequent adverse sea and storm conditions that could affect not only shipping and port terminal operations but also leisure, fishing residential and other commercial activities and developments along the coast in other remaining parts of these ports.

Project Results

Rehabilitation of the main breakwater structures of the ports of Valletta and Marsaxlokk will sustain the long-term safety and harbouring of ships and all port related activities both current and future. The breakwaters also provide shelter to critical infrastructure within the ports. The refurbishment project will rehabilitate 10,380 metres-squared of infrastructure which in the case of the Valletta breakwater involves the conservation of historical structure.