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Dredging For Larger Vessels

Government has allocated $800,000 for the dredging of the wharf entrance. This was announced by the Minister for Finance, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, in his 2015 National Budget address the past Friday.
26 Nov 2014 07:39
Dredging For Larger Vessels
Vessel Rachel visited our shore. Photo: RAMA

Government has allocated $800,000 for the dredging of the wharf entrance.

This was announced by the Minister for Finance, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, in his 2015 National Budget address the past Friday.

Ports Terminal Limited chief operating office, Hasthika Bandara Dela, said this dredging is very important in order to accommodate larger vessels.

“Generally, the vessels are getting bigger and bigger,” he said.

“And so if we have any intention of developing Port of Suva to make it the transhipment hub of the Pacific, it is very important that we have a good port.

“That is why dredging is very important. The most important part is, once you dredge the port, is to maintain the depth level.”

Mr Dela said with the current depth level, the Port of Suva can accommodate up to 12 metres draught which is the portion under the water.

“But it will differ along different places in the Suva harbour but the maximum is 12 metres. In Walu Bay it is 8.5 metres. So within the same port – it differs,” he said.

Meanwhile, Government has also allocated $850,000 for upgrading of Government wharf infrastructure.

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