Tonga wharf up­grade takes over wa­ter­front

Work is to start next month for the project ex­pected to be com­plete by 2018

Fiji Sun - - World News -

Alarge stretch of the Nuku’alofa wa­ter­front has been fenced off along Vuna Road, for the start of a multi-mil­lion pa’anga ma­jor up­grade and ex­ten­sion of Nuku’alofa’s Do­mes­tic Wharf funded by the Gov­ern­ment of Ja­pan.

The site work is to start next month for the project ex­pected to be com­pleted by 2018. TOA Cor­po­ra­tion, the Jap- anese con­struc­tion group, which won the ten­der to carry out the work, have ar­rived in Tonga and have fenced off the area of the scenic wa­ter front. Funded with an es­ti­mated $55.5mil­lion pa’anga (F$52.72m) through Ja­pan’s In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency (JICA), this project will ex­tend the do­mes­tic wharf and build a ter­mi­nal build­ing to house pas­sen­gers and cargo han­dling. Ports Au­thor­ity Tonga general man­ager Mos­ese Lave­mai said the project is known as the “Up­grad­ing of Wharf for Do­mes­tic Trans­port in Tonga”.

He said the con­trac­tor’s ship­ment of equip­ment is ex­pected to ar­rive in Nuku’alofa in April. When the ac­tual site work be­gins it will in­clude the dredg­ing of the reef area which will take some time. A ground­break­ing cer­e­mony is planned to be held be­fore the end of this month, he said. The con­tract runs from De­cem­ber 21, 2015 when the ten­der con­tract was awarded to TOA Cor­po­ra­tion to end on Jan­uary 31, 2018, said Mos­ese.

Matangi Tonga

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