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French Guiana

Offshore cargo platform is a mega project

In what must be one of the most unusual and ambitious port development projects anywhere in the Caribbean, a new offshore cargo handling platform is to be built off the coast of French Guiana.

The project, which is at a very early stage, is at present known just by its acronym, MOP (multi-use offshore platform), and is essentially designed to overcome the problems of shallow water that affects all ports in the immediate region.

Grand Port Maritime de la Guyane (GPMG) has consulted experts, but has yet to agree on the type of platform and choice of location. What is certain, however, is that the platform will be located on the Guyana continental shelf in 70 meters of water.

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