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.
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.