Royal HaskoningDHV has been appointed by the Mauritius Ports Authority (MPA) to carry out master plan studies for Port Louis (the gateway port of the Island of Mauritius) and for Port Mathurin on the Island of Rodrigues.
Mauritius was once a mono-crop economy based on sugarcane production, but is now a diversified economy driven by export-oriented manufacturing, tourism, financial and business services sectors.
The island is attracting substantial investment from local and foreign investors to create employment opportunities and to keep pace with global competition. This is impacting on trade flows to and from the Island.
Under the contract, Royal HaskoningDHV is required to update the Port Masterplan of Port Louis and the Port Masterplan of Port Mathurin. The work involves identifying new business opportunities for Mauritius ports and forecasting cargo and traffic flows.
It includes the assessment of needs for extending and upgrading port infrastructure, and developing a land use plan for the next 25 years.
Michiel de Jong, Director of Maritime and Waterways at Royal HaskoningDHV, said: “The project win is a direct result our vast experience in port planning, waterfront and marina development, and shipping economics.”
The studies, to be completed by August 2016, will examine the challenges associated with future development of the ports, including exploring the potential of Port Louis for container transhipment, increasing performance of the Mauritius Container Terminal, and maintaining and improving market share in a competitive market.
The studies will also include assessment for unlocking land outside the port boundaries for port expansion, and related challenges in terms of interactions between the port, city and land owners.
Fact File: Royal HaskoningDHV is an independent, international engineering and project management consultancy with more than 130 years of experience in aviation, buildings, energy, industry, infrastructure, maritime, mining, rural and urban areas, and water. Backed by the expertise and experience of 7,000 colleagues from 100 offices in 35 countries, its professionals combine global expertise with local knowledge to deliver a multidisciplinary range of consultancy services for the entire living environment.