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International Seaport For North : A-G

International Seaport For North : A-G
Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum on his way to Parliament on April 20. Photo: Simione Haravanua
April 21
12:37 2018

The Government is looking into options for the development of a new international seaport in Vanua Levu.

Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum revealed this in his response to Opposition SODELPA Whip Aseri Radrodro’s end of the week statement.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Government was now looking into options for the development of a new international seaport in Vanua Levu, with a possibility of relocating new cargo services from the Suva wharf.

He said initial feasibility studies for the port in Vanua Levu had been undertaken with work underway for technical economic and environmental impact assessment and detailed design work.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also said a Ports Master Plan with a seven-year implementation strategy was being developed to determine the current state of scope for international port operations.

Meanwhile, Mr Radrodro called for the jetties and wharves in Fiji to be upgraded so that frequency of shipping services to the outer islands could be improved.

He said in the 2017-2018 Budget, there was an allocation of $30.6million to upgrade and replace bridges as well as $11.1m for the maintenance and renewal of jetties in Savusavu, Vunisea in Kadavu and Natovi in Tailevu.

For the Natovi Jetty  the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) was planning on the upgrade of the jetty by improving the current area and by providing a second jetty for interisland ferries. He said this would cost around F$17m and FRA was looking into a shared cost arrangement.

Edited by Percy Kean

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