Floods in spring of 2013 caused considerable hardship to residents of the island. In good times, the Szigetmonostor ferry station that forms the hub of a network of local boat services, runs for 19 hours a day, carrying around 1,000 passengers.
This project, implemented by the Hungarian Maltese Charity Service, funded the demolition of the flood-damaged structure – and the design and construction of a new, more flood-resistant ferry station for the islanders.
A fully functioning ferry station provides a much-needed boost to the rehabilitation of the local economy – including tourism, which is a critical source of income for the community – particularly in the summer months. It’s partial destruction caused especially severe economic disruption to the island – and made rebuilding it a priority for the local community.
The new ferry station was built on stilts, and raised 40 centimeters above the highest previously recorded flood level, to improve its resilience to future flooding.