Construction of Rural Wharves in Santa Isabel BeginsNewsroom
Construction work has begun to upgrade and rehabilitate Tatamba Wharf on the eastern end of Santa Isabel to improve safety and access to economic opportunities in Solomon Islands.
Tatamba Wharf is one of four wharves and a landing ramp to be improved in the Solomon Islands under the second phase of the Domestic Maritime Support Project, which is financed by the Solomon Islands Government, Asian Development Bank (ADB), Australian Government, and New Zealand Aid Programme.
The project involves constructing rural wharves to improve safety and access to economic opportunities. The new wharves are designed to be less vulnerable to climate change and natural hazards.
Earlier, Ngasini Wharf on Vangunu Island in Western Province was rehabilitated and is expected to begin operations in August.
The upgrading of Tatamba Wharf involves demolishing the existing wharf and building a new reinforced concrete wharf, which will be taller to minimize wave and debris affecting the new structure.
The new wharf on Huali Bay will boost access to markets for copra and cocoa production and other economic activities. By better connecting Huali Bay to other parts of Solomon Islands, the upgraded wharf will also boost access to jobs, especially for youth in the area.
To date, the Domestic Maritime Support Project has already rebuilt eight wharves and two landing ramps in five Solomon Islands provinces.
The project also established a franchise-shipping scheme to support remote communities. The improved shipping services and new wharves and jetties are reducing barriers to market access and are promoting the growth of rural production. The franchise-shipping scheme is allowing private sector operators to deliver shipping services to destinations that would not be commercially viable.
(Story and photo courtesy of ADB)