17 Sep 2015

Royal HaskoningDHV has been appointed by Mauritius Ports Authority (MPA) to carry out Port Masterplan 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.

Director Michiel de Jong, of Maritime and Waterways, Royal HaskoningDHV, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract by Mauritius Ports Authorities. 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, to include:

  • 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;
  • developing Port Louis as a bunkering and petroleum/LNG hub,  risk assessment and land use planning, and finding the balance between stakeholder interests;
  • unlocking land outside the port boundaries for port expansion, and related challenges in terms of interactions between the port, city and land owners;
  • adapting existing port infrastructure such as quay walls, jetties, port basins and tank farms to handle a wider range of trades; finding a balance between trade development, waterfront development, cruise facilities, marina development, and preservation of the islands’ sensitive ecological system.