New pier in abandoned area of Ras Ħanżir with an investment of €65 million
Infrastructure Malta has announced that it is looking to invest € 65 million for the construction of a new pier in the area of Ras Ħanżir, in Kordin.
In a presentation on the project, the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, Ian Borg, said that this new pier in the Grand Harbor will offer more space for the mooring of ships carrying trailers and general cargo. Works involving the reclamation of land at sea will begin next year.
An inland area of the Grand Harbor spread over 28,000 square metres will be changed from a derelict area to an organized cargo handling space. The project to be carried out by Infrastructure Malta will involve the construction of a new 360 metre pier in the Ras Ħanżir area in Kordin.
Application for permits are pending before the Planning Authority and in recent days a call for tenders has been issued to select the contractors who will build this new pier which will be completed in another three years.
“A pier that will be adding another facility where Malta, the Grand Harbor, will receive and send goods through maritime infrastructure. Given the magnitude of this the project is estimated to cost € 65 million, “said Minister Borg.
Minister Ian Borg added that the new pier will improve port capacity and efficiency, while providing local maritime authorities with more flexibility and availability in the use of the other piers in the same area.
The Executive Director of Infrastructure Malta, Robert Schembri, said that the work will be carried out in an area equal to four football stadiums. “This will allow us to create an area where the cargo can be maneuvered. That is, part of the sea will be reclaimed so that there will be a place where the cargo can be unloaded from the ships.”
Vessels up to 300 metres long and up to 9 meters deep can be tied to the pier.
Parliamentary Secretary Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi said that of the total cost, 24 million euros will be disbursed by the Cohesion Fund of the European Union. He said that Malta is an island and must have good connectivity with the rest of Europe also through high level maritime facilities.
Infrastructure Malta said that several studies have already been carried out to minimize the environmental impact. The agency designed the new wharf to meet the needs of future ships, also taking into consideration that ships will turn off their engines and receive electricity from the port.