The country’s longest and widest domestic jetty was officially opened this morning at the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) in Honiara.
The Wate Jetty which is 50 meters long and 10 meters wide is the latest infrastructure adding to the transformative ports area.
Caretake Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and his deputy caretaker DPM Manasseh Maelanga, chair of the SIPA Board Michael Wate and CEO SIPAEranda Kotelawala were amongst the guests to who joined hands to cut a ribbon to officially opened the wharf.
Kotelawala said the new jetty was part of their extension plans in the past years now fulfilled today.
He said it is the longest and widest domestic jetty in the Solomon Islands.
Furthermore, he highlighted that one significance of the jetty is that it was completely built by the engineering team from Solomon Ports.
The team was led by Chief Engineer of Solomon Ronald Ivupitu.
Kotelawala said it was a great achievement for SIPA and for the country as well.
“We have the capacity to do these things,” the CEO added.
The new jetty is part of Port’s response to the growing demand for services at the domestically and more bigger vessels berthing at the wharf.
In his statement, Sogavare who was there as the chief guest has spoken highly of SIPA and its workers.
He said the completion of the jetty shows that Solomon Islanders cand build their own infrastructure.
Sogavare added that it was also a demonstration of Ports commitment to building more jetties to improve domestic maritime travel.