One of Vanua Levu’s key pieces of transportation infrastructure has undergone a $4.2 million transformation, with dredging and civil construction company
Hall Pacific having recently completed much-needed repairs to the Nabouwalu Jetty on the island’s south-west.
Hall Pacific Managing Director Cameron Hall said the four-month-long project delivered on behalf of Fiji Roads Authority had been successful in enabling
the efficient delivery of people and goods to the island.
“Nabouwalu Jetty has been operational for more than two decades; however the existing jetty structure and causeway had both sustained significant damage
over this period and required major repairs,” Mr Hall said.
“Given that the jetty services a range of ferries, fishing and shipping vessels as well as police, customs and navy personnel, it was critical that it
remained operational throughout the construction period.”
“To achieve this, our team carried out the works in stages. We isolated the existing jetty and jetty extension, installed a new concrete slab overlay on
the existing ramp to prevent failure of the underlying concrete structure, and then set about repairing elements of the causeway such as the road surface
and rock armour.”
Mr Hall said Hall Pacific also carried out dredging works as part of the project, with stringent environmental assessments and measures implemented to
ensure any impact on the surrounding natural environment was minimal.
“Some shipping companies using the jetty reported that the levels of sedimentation present prior to the works being carried out restricted use of the facility’s
ramp at lower tide levels,” Mr Hall said.
“To combat this, our team dredged the seabed to provide sufficient depth for shipping across a full tidal range.”
Hall Pacific is no stranger to the dredging and civil construction industry in Fiji, having worked with the Fiji Government and various local communities
over the past decade to lessen the impacts of river flooding and improve tourism infrastructure across the country. Some of the company’s past projects
include dredging of the Nadi, Navua and Ba rivers, as well as upgrades to the Denarau entrance channel.
An Australian-owned company with a significant operations base in Nadi, Hall Pacific services the Pacific Islands region and specialises in climate change adaptation works. It has offices in Fiji, Australia and Malaysia.