Work has begun to upgrade and rehabilitate the Keru Wharf near New Georgia in Western Province.
The wharf is one of four wharves to be improved under the second phase of the Domestic Maritime Support Project which is financed by the Solomon Islands Government, the Asian Development Bank, ADB, the Australian Government, and the New Zealand Aid Programme.
The project is constructing rural wharves to improve safety and access to economic opportunities.
The upgrading of Keru Wharf involves demolishing and clearing the existing timber wharf, and installation of a larger, reinforced concrete wharf.
For the first time larger vessels will be able to dock safely at the upgraded wharf, allowing more convenient and economical movement of passengers and cargo- improving the quality of life in the New Georgia area.
The new wharf will boost connectivity give almost 2- Thousand One Hundred people in the surrounding area, better access to health and education services.
The Domestic Maritime Support Project has, during Phase I, already completed the rebuild of five wharves in five Solomon Islands provinces.
The improved shipping services and new wharves and jetties are reducing barriers to market access and are promoting the growth of rural production.