Solomon Ports unveils largest Domestic Jetty
By SIMON TAVAKE
The Solomon Ports has achieved another historic milestone as it commissioned its newly completed jetty at the Honiara port today.
Named ‘Wate Jetty’ after one of its pioneers, the infrastructure stands as a testament to Solomon Ports’ commitment to enhancing port facilities and services throughout the Solomon Islands.
During the commissioning ceremony this morning, Caretaker Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare commended the Solomon Islands Ports Authority for its contributions to infrastructure development in the country, citing that they have performed beyond expectations.
“The Wate Jetty is another planned infrastructure in the Solomon Islands Ports Authority’s development plan. Today, we witness the manifestation of this vision.
“Over the last four years, the Honiara port has undergone a significant facelift. The commissioning of this new jetty marks another chapter in this remarkable transformation,” Mr. Sogavare stated.
Wate Jetty is now the largest domestic jetty in the country, measuring 50 meters in length and 14 meters wide, making it possible for two vehicles on the jetty at the same time.
It is also designed to be accessible for people with disabilities.
According to Eranda Kotelawa, Chief Executive Officer of Solomon Ports, the jetty was fully self-funded and constructed by Solomon Ports’ own engineering team.
“This is a historic achievement for us, as it is the largest facility built by our own engineering team. It demonstrates our capability as a team and showcases the talent we have in our construction.
What you see today is the result of our team’s efforts, marking a significant milestone as the longest and widest jetty ever built by Solomon Ports, and currently the longest and widest in the country,” Mr. Kotelawa said.
SIBC News understands that the construction of the new jetty cost 28 million Solomon Dollars.