SUNBIZ

Nawi Developers Determined Despite Challenges

With the current pandemic affecting shipping, the supply of the required materials and equipment, the Nawi Island team is working towards a realistic time for the fully-serviced marina which is the end of the year 2022, if not earlier. The company has confirmed that the focus now is on completing the construction of an anticipated cate-gory five cyclone rated marina, and stage one of the Korovesa Central Marina facilities.
19 Apr 2022 10:00
Nawi Developers Determined Despite Challenges
Recent shot of the works being done on the Nawi International Marina.

With the current pandemic affecting shipping, the supply of the required materials and equipment, the Nawi Island team is working towards a realistic time for the fully-serviced marina which is the end of the year 2022, if not earlier.

The company has confirmed that the focus now is on completing the construction of an anticipated cate-gory five cyclone rated marina, and stage one of the Korovesa Central Marina facilities.

By design, the marina will com-prise 132 berths of which 21 are for superyachts, with the largest berth catering up to an 85-metre super yacht.

 

The marina piling is currently underway and shortly the contractor will start placing and installing the pontoons for Pier four berths, whilst rolling out the remainder of the berths from Pier 1-3 over the next three to four months.

This will soon be followed by the installation of marina services which include water, sewerage pump out, power, fuel and gas facilities.

The marina contractors are GC Marine out of the Gold Coast, Australia and Marine Constructions Fiji Pte Limited.

It has subcontracted local company, Concrete Solutions, to supply concrete for pouring into the Australian-manufactured pontoon structures and to carry out some of the superyacht piling work

 

Update of the Project
The construction of stage one, of the Korovesa Central Marina Facilities, is also running parallel to the marina build and this includes a Harbour Master building comprising a chandlery, the supermarket, together with the administration offices for marina operation.

 

Stage one also includes yachties’ bathroom and laundry facilities, a maintenance shed and the back of house area.

These construction works are being undertaken by local contractors Grace Roads Construction.

 

Also, part of stage one is the construction of a café and bar together with kitchen and toilet amenities by local company MAH Construction which is nearing completion. Services reticulation on Korovesa to the Nawi Back of House is also scheduled to commence in the next month.

 

Cost of the project
Nawi Island has partnered with the Fiji Development Bank since 2015.

The current total investment is approximately $80million and investors are anticipating another $24 million in 2022 to complete the Marina and Central Facilities on Korovesa.

There are currently close to 100 people working on the Nawi Project, of which 90 per cent are locals employed on the project.

 

Key managerial positions in the development of Nawi Island are held by locals including sales and marketing, in-house legal counsel, finance and project, construction and operational supervisors and managers, including a marine biologist who will be starting in May to focus on environmental initiatives and innovations.

Additional local jobs for the marina operations will also be on offer, together with specialist training, as we move towards preparing for operation of the Marina in the coming months.

 

Some of the challenges faced in completing the project
In the past two years, like with every development worldwide, the COVID pandemic has presented its fair share of challenges from the lockdowns and restrictions to logistical issues. However, Nawi has taken this period to regroup and re-energise to the renewed opportunity and focus on the vision of the project.

 

It’s given the project time to finetune their resources, to prioritize its development plans to take its marina into operations near term before going into the residential lot sales.

During this COVID period, Nawi Island says local staff remained employed and had come out even more determined to see this project to completion.

The magnitude of the project itself and the different elements, shipping logistics, co-ordination of schedules, programmes delivery of materials have also been an expected challenge.

 

Thanks to technology and the investor’s passion for supporting Fiji’s economy and its people, Nawi has pushed through these challenges and continues to sail through these trying periods, the company said.

 

Feedback: shratikan@fijisun.com.fj



Fijisun Ad Space


Get updates from the Fiji Sun, handpicked and delivered to your inbox.


By entering your email address you're giving us permission to send you news and offers. You can opt-out at any time.


Fiji Sun Instagram
Subscribe-to-Newspaper