Global shipping & logistics services provider, GAC, has organised move of the world’s biggest underwater restaurant from New Zealand to Maldives resort.
The 22.5 meters long acrylic and steel structure is on its way to the Maldives, thanks to GAC’s project logistics expertise.
It took 12 months of detailed planning based on GAC’s CAD-assisted lifting and lashing calculations to prepare the structure’s voyage. The first stage involved transporting the 410 tonne load 8 km by road from the construction company’s yard at New Plymouth in New Zealand to Port Taranaki.
The restaurant was then lifted onto Jumbo Maritime’s vessel, the Fairlane.
The operation was planned and overseen by Captain Per Thörnblom, GAC’s project logistics manager, who said: “After lengthy and detailed preparations, it’s a big relief to know the restaurant is now safely en route. Depending on stopovers, weather and other factors, we hope that the ‘Fairlane’ will arrive at the brand new resort of Hurawalhi during the first week of March. The precious cargo will then be lifted from the ship and positioned onto 8m and 14m piles. That’s the final stage and one GAC and myself are really looking forward to witnessing.”
The restaurant, complete with its 13m high stairwell, is heading for the brand new resort of Hurawalhi, where it should, when it opens in August this year, offer guests underwater dining experience with panoramic views of surrounding marine life, including replanted corals.