Work has started on a new €4 million breakwater at Malta’s most picturesque fishing village.
Fishermen in Marsaxlokk have crying out for a sea barrier for decades to protect their boats from the winter storms.
Malta’s transport minister said the start of work on the project was good news for everyone in Marsaxlokk.
Ian Borg said: ‘Infrastructure does not mean only roads but also marine infrastructure.
‘That’s why I’m delighted that Infrastructure Malta has today started building this breakwater in Marsaxlokk.
‘Fishermen have been asking for a breakwater for many years to shelter their vessels and reduce the risk of damage during stormy weather.
‘The new breakwater will provide them with a longer period of time to go out to sea with the peace of mind that they can return to a safe place to dock their boats.’
He promised the breakwater would be strong and robust, measuring around 110 metres long, 6 metres wide and around 3.5 metres deep below the sea level.
The project will cost around €4 million, and will be financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.
The move was be welcomed by fishermen in the village who have long complained that their livelihoods are constantly threatened by high waves battering their boats during the winter.
Some 300 boats are moored in the idyllic Marsaxlokk Bay, which is one of Malta’s most popular tourist spots.
The breakwater is expected to be completed by next year.