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Dredging at Oinafa jetty progresses

May 13, 2014 1:14 am

The Fiji Roads Authority says dredging at Oinafa Jetty is aimed at improving shipping services to Rotuma.

A study of the area late last year revealed that sand has accumulated in the harbour and a limited number of vessels are able to access the jetty only at high tide.

Ships would arrive, offload cargo and depart from the jetty before the tide recedes.

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The study indicated that the tide dictates the type of vessels that could berth at the jetty.

However, FRA says with the harbour dredged, boats with a deeper draft can berth at the jetty at any time.

Earlier this year, through a tender process, Pacific Marine and Civil Solutions was awarded the contract to dredge the harbour.

The cost of the dredging work is estimated at $817,000.

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