Redevelopment of the Port of Malaga Set To Begin
For centuries the port of Malaga has been the major gateway for the import and export trade of Southern Spain.
With the final negotiations having now taken place work on redeveloping and expanding the existing port area and its facilities are set to begin, which will see the port of Malaga become one of Europe’s largest cargo terminals.
The total cost of the redevelopment will be 235 million Euros and will take three years to complete. The first phase of the project will be the construction of a new docking station and an extension to the road next to the Lavante dyke. There are also plans to improve the existing esplanade which will include both new residential housing and commercial units and by 2008 it is hoped that the new mooring facility known as the Lavante mole will have been completed.
Improvements to the port's leisure facilities are already underway as work continues on the building of a new cruise terminal. Once completed the number of berths available for the growing cruise passenger market will increase and will establish Malaga as the major cruise passenger terminal for the Western Mediterranean.
The Ministry for the Environment has already ruled that the planned expansion of the port will not have a direct impact on the neighbouring beaches of the Huelin coastline, after concerns were raised local residents.
However consultation with the ministry continues over the proposed 15 million Euro San Andrés marina complex and permission is still pending on this phase of the project, which if granted will see the port's leisure facilities expanded even further.
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