Jumbo moored the transport vessel Fairlane alongside a shallow coral reef where the acrylic and steel structure onto pre-installed concrete piles at a depth of about 10 meters. The vessel is fitted with two 400 ton cranes with a combined lifting capacity of 800 ton. Jumbo picked the cargo up from New Zealand earlier this year after being awarded the contract by GAC.
The restaurant, built by Fitzroy Engineering of New Zealand, consists of an acrylic dome on a steel structure. It is 22.5 meters (74 feet) long, weights 410 tons and is the second one of its kind.
The project preparation and execution resulted in the smallest possible impact on the sensitive environment, says Jumbo.
A 13-meter (43-foot) spiral staircase descends from a hut above the water into the restaurant, which accommodates 24 people. Food is prepared onshore and a special dumbwaiter lift is used to deliver it to the restaurant. The venue can also be customized to hold wedding receptions or as a honeymoon suite.
The restaurant will welcome its first guests in August this year.
The Maldives pioneered underwater restaurants with the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort.