MPL Launches Initial Surveys for Gaadhoo’s Integrated Maritime Hub

Photo: Visit Laamu

The initial surveys for the integrated maritime hub slated for development in L. Gaadhoo were carried out last Wednesday by Maldives Ports Limited (MPL) in collaboration with CAMC Engineering, the Chinese company contracted for the project.

On April 11th, CAMC Engineering secured the contract for the development of the integrated maritime hub, which encompasses a wide range of maritime services.

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A team of seven experts from CAMC, alongside a technical delegation from MPL, participated in the inaugural survey aimed at assessing the requirements of the project.

Given Gaadhoo’s reputation as a habitat for turtle nesting and hatching, the project will adhere to environmentally friendly principles to preserve the area’s natural diversity. Efforts will be made to conserve the specific locations where turtles and tortoises lay eggs and hatch. Furthermore, plans include establishing a rehabilitation centre to support local conservation efforts.

In line with environmental considerations, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ‘s expertise and recommendations are included in the project’s conceptualisation.

The proposed development comprises a range of facilities, including a cruise terminal and eco-resort, touted as the first of their kind in the Maldives. Additionally, plans entail the creation of a superyacht marina, an offshore bunkering facility, and a transhipment harbour.

The establishment of a maritime hub in Laamu Atoll fulfils an electoral promise made by President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu.

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