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Dredging Works Start

The Government Shipping Services (GSS) has started dredging operations in waterways along the Government Shipping jetty in Walu Bay, Suva. The Permanent Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport, Francis Kean, said
13 Aug 2015 12:27
Dredging Works Start
The dredging machine starts operation in waterways along the Government Shipping jetty in Walu Bay, Suva. Photo: Rama

The Government Shipping Services (GSS) has started dredging operations in waterways along the Government Shipping jetty in Walu Bay, Suva.

The Permanent Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport, Francis Kean, said this capital project has been long overdue.

“The last time the area was dredged was approximately 20 years ago,” he said.

“Built-up of silt, illegal dumping of rubbish, irresponsible scrap metal dealers and illegal scuttling of ships have created un-necessary hazards and risk to the ships of the GSS fleet.

“We are grateful for the Government funding that has been allocated for this project.”

Mr Kean said the project was designated into three phases and the tender for phase one has been awarded to the successful bidder, Pacific Building Solutions (PBS).

He indicated the first phase would run for four weeks, which is now nearing completion.

“The first phase of this dredging project is about $412,248 while tenders for phase two and three are currently being advertised,” Mr Kean said.

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