Commencement of another phase in the Qrejten Breakwater Project

Reference Number: PR201138, Press Release Issue Date: Jun 16, 2020
Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights Anton Refalo visited the Qrejten site in Marsaxlokk where Infrastructure Malta is implementing a €4 million project co-financed by European Funds on a 110-metre breakwater.

Minister Ian Borg said, “This project has been long awaited by the fishermen of this area, because of the damages to boats and equipment in port being caused by the elements. We listened and today we are entering another phase where we will construct a wave wall above sea level with a lighthouse to signal the structure to mariners. There are also other fishermen like these and Infrastructure Malta is working to identify a place for a similar structure in Delimara while another project will commence to upgrade berthing pontoons in the Marsaxlokk area known as tal-Magħluq. This is apart from the advanced implementation of the €6 million Mġarr Gozo Marina project, and the maintenance and rebuilding of quays in Marsascala, Mġarr ix-Xini, Balluta and Ċirkewwa is underway. Our commitment in the maritime infrastructure sector is consistent and we look forward to more investment and upgrades in our ports, even on a larger scale as in the case of the €50 million Grand Harbour Clean Air Project which will reduce pollution caused by cruise liners and ro-ro vessels by 90%.”

Minister Anton Refalo said that investment in infrastructure is very important for our fishermen. He said that this breakwater building project, with an investment of €4 million co-financed by European Funds, will create the necessary shelter in Marsaxlokk and the nearby coast to give peace of mind to our fishermen and their families. Minister Refalo added that fishermen cannot continue suffering the consequences of bad weather and living under threat. The breakwater will be 110 metres long and he also mentioned that the structure will be protected from the force of waves with an arrangement  of boulders similar to that in the Gozo Mġarr Port. The Minister said that the Government is committed to continue working for the benefit of fishermen to give them a secure and sustainable future through the implementation of policy with the fisherman at the centre.

This phase of the Qrejten Breakwater Project includes a 2.3 metre wave wall above sea level with a 7-metre lighthouse. Work on the project began in July 2019.