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Big Plans for Natovi Jetty

Big Plans for Natovi Jetty
September 16
10:00 2015

Lights will soon be installed at the Natovi Jetty in Tailevu North, says a senior maritime official.

This is because the jetty is now one of the busiest in the country and it’s predominantly used for commercial and trade.

Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) acting chief executive officer, John Tunidau said the jetty was only used for day activities and this would soon be changed.

“We are working closely with Fiji Roads Authority to have all lights at the wharf because of the safety of passengers from the loading and unloading of cargoes and movement of vehicles,” Mr Tunidau said.

Mr Tunidau said Government is exploring the possibility of expanding trading hours at the jetty.

He pointed out that other areas of priorities are the availability of lights and beacons, which aids navigation.

“We need to open it up to a 24/7 operation and that is what government is trying to do,” he said.

Fiji Roads Authority chief executive officer, Neil Cook said many jetties have substantive structures, however, some have been in place for a long period of time and have deteriorated.

“They are in very poor conditions so we are in a process of rectifying that,” he said.

He pointed out that FRA has been able to complete most of the jetty projects while some are now nearing its completion phase.

 

Notable projects completed are:

n Waiting facility at the Savusavu jetty.

n Re-opening of the Yasawa-i-Rara jetty.

 

Near completion:

n Qarani jetty in Gau is now in its final stage.

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