Steel erection and site work are almost complete and installation of the building’s exterior skin will begin soon, according to Jim Rowe, Partner / Principal Architect, Bermello Ajamil & Partners, Principal Design Consultant for the project. . Rowe just inspected Port Louis.
The land transport zone is operational
The ground transport zone is already operational and will be used to support public transport calls this year.
The terminal will primarily serve as a home port for international cruises, but will also support secondary activities such as inter-island ferries, primary immigration processing for all ships calling in Mauritius and an event space.
The terminal is sized to optimally handle cruise ships with a capacity of over 4,000 passengers. Rowe said Mauritius will use direct air-sea passenger and baggage transfer to provide an efficient and hassle-free multimodal experience between the airport and the ship.
Catalyst for mixed-use waterfront development
The cruise facility is the catalyst for a waterfront development plan on the surrounding plots of the Salines region to include commercial, residential and mixed-use development of varying densities. The plan also includes the construction of a waterfront promenade connecting the new developments with the business and historic districts of central Port Louis.
Passive and active parks and recreation areas are also envisaged. A recently inaugurated aquarium, Odyssey, weaves the new development into the existing urban fabric.
Bermello Ajamil & Partners is supported by local engineering firm GIBB Engineering Mauritius for cruise terminal and regional waterfront planning projects.
Find an establishment operator
The terminal is financed and managed by the Mauritius Ports Authority, which begins the process of finding an installation operator.
Mauritius is marketed as part of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands, which also includes Madagascar, Reunion, Seychelles, Comoros and Mayotte. Together, they offer 12 cruise ports and lead a sustainable development policy.