THE expansion project on the new international ports wharf is making steady progress and is expected complete within a year from now.
Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Collin Yeo revealed this on Wednesday in a press conference with the local media.
Mr Yeo said work on the new wharf is progressing well and should complete by August 2016.
“Work on the new wharf project is progressing well each day and we are expecting the wharf should be completed by August 2016.”
He said, the project was earlier predicted to end in September but with the progress of work made each, it is expected to complete a month earlier.
“Actual completion for the wharf project should be on September 2016 but since our officers on the ground are working very hard the wharf should be completed by August 2016,” the CEO said.
The SIPA boss said, the project once completed will allow SIPA to safely and effectively manage the increasing activities at the Honiara port by improving vessel turnaround, reduce time and cost of trade, and promote Honiara port as an efficient port in this part of the world.
“The new wharf is one of the SIPA flagship projects and the management sees this project as a catalyst for tourism development and will allow SIPA port to become a competitive port in the region based on our location,” he said.
By DENVER NEWTER