The inauguration of the La Digue: Port Seychelles Port Authority paves the way for improved connectivity within the inner islands
The Diguois are proud of their new port extension and specialization after approximately 17 months of construction. The much needed port extension was officially opened by the Minister for Transport, Antony Derjacques and the President of the Republic, Wavel Ramkalawan through the unveiling of the inaugural plaque.
The improved, extended and now specialized port will now meet the growing number of visitors and cargo to the island of La Digue. It will also compliment the recent projects on Praslin namely the ERO terminal and the new Coast Guard base at Baie Ste. Anne.
The project is of a sum of 33.8 million rupees fully funded by the Seychelles Port Authority (SPA). It is one of the proudest achievements of the Ministry of Transport as it an entirely Seychellois owned and invested project with partners such as the Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA), Seypec and the contractor being UCPS.
The facility includes a new passenger terminal, cargo terminal, 126m long ramp, pontoons fueling and marina facility and extended groins and channels to facilitate mooring of boats.
The project has been most especially a public project with a steering committee that was setup at the early stages of the project to facilitate the communication of progress and difficulties that the project faced.
Minister Derjacques thanks all the stakeholders who have play a role in making this project a reality especially the SPA staff, UCPS and SFA who has been very flexible in accommodating the many requests.
The President also commended the good collaboration and encourages such collaborations to ensure that projects are smartly planned and executed.
“Today is a very proud moment for me as I trace back my visit to La Digue in November 2020 when we made the engagement that this much-awaited project will come to reality,” says President Ramkalawan.
More improvements will be made to the La Digue port such as a modern passenger terminal building that will offer more choice and comfort for passengers.
The ceremony ended with a tree planting activity by the President Ramkalawan, Minister Derjacques and the Designated Minister Ferrari and a tour of the facility.
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