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Port Rehabilitation Works To Boost Our Ability As Transshipment Hub

Rehabilitation works on the $8.2 million new container yard at the Port of Lautoka is well underway with great progress despite the pandemic. This Yard 3 upgrade works form part
25 Aug 2021 11:40
Port Rehabilitation Works To Boost Our Ability As Transshipment Hub
Renovation works is expected to increase storage capacity at Port of Lautoka.

Rehabilitation works on the $8.2 million new container yard at the Port of Lautoka is well underway with great progress despite the pandemic.

This Yard 3 upgrade works form part of a wider rehabilitation improvements planned for Lautoka Port, with similar works planned for Yard 4 which includes a new substation.

The rehabilitation of the Yard 3 Lautoka development project undertaken by Fiji Ports Corporation Limited (FPCL) is part of the Government’s economic development plan for Fiji.

 

Rehabilitation Works Unaffacted
Chief executive officer Vajira Piyasena said although COVID-19 pandemic wave hit a second time at the end of April, it did not hinder clearance works.

“The project continued and is well on track for providing additional space for storage of containers and improving the condition of a fully developed container yard.”

“As of July 2021, fencing is in progress and they are also clearing and doing the first layer.”

“Once this development project is completed, it will not only improve efficiency, but the port will create additional space for storage of containers.”

“ The rehabilitation works will extend the yard’s service life to 30 years,” said Mr Piyasena.”

 

Container Yard
Mr Piyasena adds the existing temporary container yard space in Lautoka Port required upgrading works to improve the condition of a fully developed container yard.

“The $8.2 million investment in the new container yard in Lautoka is expected to significantly boost Fiji’s ability and ambition to trade and be the transshipment hub in the Pacific.”‘

“The new development would also help Fiji meet the health and biosecurity standards of trading partners like Australia and New Zealand.”

“Port of Lautoka is Fiji’s second largest and busiest multi-purpose port, behind Suva Port and is another maritime gateway to the Pacific.”

“Fiji’s seaports provide the major gateways for container and bulk cargo movement and passenger movements with the growth in cruise tourism pre-COVID-19 area,” he said.

He said the rehabilitation works will also increase storage capacity for Port of Lautoka.

 

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