The Valletta Cruise Liner Terminal may be extended to double its cruise liner facilities in the next few years.
This was one of the 20 proposed projects, unveiled by the government, to revamp the Grand Harbour area by 2015. The extention of the cruise liner terminal would involve the construction of a new quay, away from the shore, so that the natural shore line of Valletta would remain unchanged.
In the course of a meeting held with the Cabinet Committee for National Projects, the Malta Investment Management Company Limited (Mimcol) was requested to probe into government-owned property that might offer opportunities for regeneration and development of the Grand Harbour, that has served as a backdrop to Malta's history.
Mimcol came up with a set of 20 opportunities and recommendations all of which ensure that the historic value of the Grand Harbour will be respected together with the environment.
Now that the report had been compiled the government has launched the consultation process that will run until the end of 2007 and after which the 20 projects will be followed up with deeper and separate studies to ensure they may be implemented successfully.