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Dredging Plans For Ports Of Entry

Fiji Ports Terminal Limited is looking at the development of a scheduled dredging plan. Consultants are understood to be undertaking the initial scoping exercise for Ports of Suva and Lautoka.
15 Apr 2015 09:48
Dredging Plans For Ports Of Entry

Fiji Ports Terminal Limited is looking at the development of a scheduled dredging plan.

Consultants are understood to be undertaking the initial scoping exercise for Ports of Suva and Lautoka.

The plan is expected to meet PIANC (World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure) standards for criteria such as dredge depth and navigational channel design.

The Fiji Ports Corporation newsletter indicated the harbours of the International Ports of Entry, Suva and Lautoka, are subject to silt build-up on the sea floor.

“The seasonal storms and cyclones to which Viti Levu is prone, sees large quantities and river silt, sand mud and being washed downstream and into the harbour,” it said.

“It is essential that the international vessels using the ports’ facilities do so safely and with sufficient draft.”

Dredging the harbour floors is also an issue for the International Ports of Entry in many of the smaller Pacific Island countries and territories, who often find the cost of the exercise is prohibitive.

Arising out of the Pacific Maritime Transport Association 39th conference held in Niue, October 2014, a regional scoping study is underway to assess the feasibility of assisting PMTA member nations in sharing the cost harbour dredging.

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