Avarua ramp on track for completion

Friday July 20, 2018 Written by Published in Local
Two diggers at work on Tuesday at the Avarua boat ramp site next to Trader Jacks. The Ports Authority says the project is on track to be completed within the scheduled time. 18071709 Two diggers at work on Tuesday at the Avarua boat ramp site next to Trader Jacks. The Ports Authority says the project is on track to be completed within the scheduled time. 18071709

The three-week plan to rebuild the boat ramp at Avarua harbour is still on track, weather permitting.

However, it has involved one additional lead-in week for contractors to set up the site and get three-phase power to site for the vibro-hammer used on the job, says Ports Authority Asset & Operation manager Andre Tuiravakai.

He said the old ramp had been in place for more than 50 years and maintenance had been done from time to time, but in an ad hoc manner.

“The last time this (Avarua harbour) was dredged was around 10 years ago,” said Tuiravakai. “Maintenance dredging will be done (in the future) as required to keep the harbour navigational for the small craft.

“This is something we will have to monitor over time and with the current selection of diggers on the island this should not be an issue.”

On Tuesday two Land Holdings Ltd diggers were busy excavating sand from the harbour in front of the old boat ramp and piling it on the construction site.

Ports Authority general manager Nooroa (Bim) Tou said the sand belonged to contractors Land Holdings as part of the contract agreement, and would be carted away once it was dry. The sand was removed on Wednesday.

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