Avarua boat ramp ready

Friday August 10, 2018 Written by Published in Environment
Work on rebuilding the boat ramp at Avarua Harbour is now complete. 18080901/18080902 Work on rebuilding the boat ramp at Avarua Harbour is now complete. 18080901/18080902

Work on rebuilding the boat ramp at Avarua Harbour has now been all but completed, with the final load of dredged material removed a week ago and the last two mooring blocks due to be installed in the coming week.

The project first began in late June, when Landholdings Ltd moved diggers and other machinery onto the site.

The Ports Authority originally envisioned a three-week timeframe for the rebuild, however Ports Asset & Operations manager Andre Tuiravakai said there had been “a slight delay due to dredging depths having to be redone”.

Now that work on the boat ramp is complete, Tuiravakai says it will make a significant difference to how the area is able to be used.

“The area where vessels berth is now navigable and 10 small craft will be able to use this area,” he said.

“The community have also started to use the wharf as a swimming area, including tourists,” Tuiravakai added. “And a beachfront has still been left in front of Trader Jacks for the public to utilise.”

Despite the project taking three days longer than anticipated, Tuiravakai said there had been no major construction issues.

“The weather, paddlers and small boat owners all cooperated well together,” he said.

The old Avarua boat ramp had been in place for more than 50 years, and the last time the Avarua Harbour was dredged “was around 10 years ago” said Tuiravakai.

During that period, maintenance work had been carried out from time to time, but in an improvised manner.

Tuiravakai said that in future the need for maintenance dredging will be better monitored and carried out as required to ensure the harbour remains navigable by small craft.

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