Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Animal Rights Anton Refalo and Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi visited the Qrejten site in Marsaxlokk, where Infrastructure Malta completed a €4 million project co-financed with European funds on a 110 metre breakwater.
Minister Ian Borg said, “This project has been long awaited by the fishermen of these areas and we felt the need to take action and carry out this project both for them and for the community of Marsaxlokk. This project will also be improving both the access and the use of the Marsaxlokk harbour. It will, among other things, reduce the risks created by bad weather conditions, including damage to fishing vessels kept in the area, and will also provide more shelter for the harbour. Our commitment to the maritime infrastructure sector continues, and we can recall other ongoing investments, even on a larger scale, as in the case of the Grand Harbour Clean Air Project which, with an investment of almost €50 million, will be reducing pollution caused by cruise liners and ro-ro vessels by 90%.”
The breakwater is about 110 metres long and six meters wide above the surface of the sea. It is built with a depth of about 3.5 meters below sea-level. Around this structure, many large stones were placed to break the waves and prevent them from entering the Marsaxlokk harbour. The structure is similar to that of the breakwater of the Mġarr Harbour in Gozo.
Minister Refalo said that; “As a Ministry, we have listened to the fishermen and given them great support because we know they have a family to support. We must safeguard any problems that may arise. This threat is now gone. This is another page for our fishermen. This is further proof of how much this government is the government for the people, with a clear vision of how great projects like today’s will succeed. We must continue to invest in our people. We must not forget how important the fisheries sector truly is.”
Parliamentary Secretary Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi stated that this project was carried out with an investment of around €4 million co-financed by European funds in the fisheries sector. He explained how this breakwater will provide facilities that will be used by the fishing sector, in particular by the Marsaxlokk fishing community. Dr Zrinzo Azzopardi concluded by saying that one of the important goals in European Union funds is to support this sector in order to continue to strengthen and help our fishing sector.
Other upcoming maritime infrastructure projects include the reconstruction of Sally Port in Vittoriosa, and the introduction of more passenger ferry landing facilities to extend this alternative mode of travel to other coastal locations in Malta.