The ship Kifangondo V 1102 sailed from Shanghai on Feb. 6 at last with a cargo of 1,318 tons of steel beams and columns. It dropped anchor in Port Louis Saturday, February 26 2011 at 19:00.
“The first delivery consists of 85 steel columns, varying between 5 and 20 meters long and 260 beams of 3 to 15 meters. Given the size and weight of these structures, their discharge will last a little longer than five days," says Bruno Mazurkiewicz, the Chief Executive of Airport Terminal Operations Ltd. (ATOL), a company responsible for construction and operation of new terminal.
Damco Mauritius Logistics Limited will unload these metal frames from the port to this site and as of Tuesday, March 1 at the end of the afternoon. Thus, a convoy of seven motor drive (primary movers) and nine 20-ton trailers make fifty trips between Port Louis and Plaisance.
Arrival and assembly of structural steel were next step in building the new terminal and this is very encouraging for all the teams working on this project. ATOL manufacturer and China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) rely on collaboration and understanding of the public especially during the passage of this huge convoy on the highway, Bruno Mazurkiewicz highlighted.
According to manufacturers, four additional deliveries of this magnitude are expected in the coming weeks. The construction of new terminal experienced a boom like no other. Consultants, engineers, architects and other subcontractors are working hard to build what will be the terminal with total cost around 11 billion rupees.