Client: Malta Freeport Terminals Ltd
Start / Finish Dates: November 2006 – March 2007
The upgrading involved dredging to widen the existing fairway and extension of both Terminal One and Terminal Two to provide for more and larger berthing spaces.
The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) addressed potential impacts in relation to: marine ecology (included a benthic survey), marine archaeology; landscape and visual amenity; noise; and social impact. A waves and currents study (including modelling), navigation studies and a waste management survey were also carried out as part of the assessment. The potential key impacts arising from the project were identified as:
- the dredging of waste
- impacts on waves and currents
- impacts on the marine environment
- effects on possible archaeological artefacts on the seabed
- visual amenity changes, and
- social effects.
Mitigation measures were recommended as a result of the assessment, including the need to monitor impacts during and after implementation of the project.
Development permission was granted for the project in June 2007.
Keywords: Environmental Impact Assessment, dredging, transhipment port