Malé, Maldives – Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) has commenced efforts to bring in a dredger bigger than the “Mahaa Jarrafu” to the Maldives.
Managing Director of the company Adam Azim revealed that they are working on bringing two dredgers and detailed that one would be used for regular projects such as harbour construction and that the second one would be specialised in larger scale projects such as land reclamation.
According Azim, both dredgers would arrive in Maldives within this year.
The Mahaa Jarrafu is currently the biggest dredger in the country and it is a 3700 cubic meter Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger, which was brought during the Presidency of former President Abdullah Yameen Abdul Qayyoom, for a cost of 36 million Dollars by MTCC.
The first project carried out using Mahaa Jarrafu was the reclamation project of the Kulhudhuffushi mangrove area in order to build an airport at the location – a project which was and still is heavily criticised by environmentalists due to the adverse environmental and social impacts of reclaiming a large portion of the wetland area.