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New P.A.T barge to assist with works at domestic wharf

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 23/04/2020

The Ports Authority Tonga’s first barge vessel is currently docked at the Vuna Wharf to assist with the Taufa’ahau Tupou IV domestic wharf project. The new barge was bought from the Pacific Marine Group company in Australia.

Acting CEO of Ports Authority – ‘Alo Maileseni says, the aim of the vessel is for dredging activities at the new domestic wharf to enable bigger boats such as the MV ‘Otuanga’ofa to berth and operate from Taufa’ahau Tupou IV Domestic Wharf.

Maileseni adds, the new barge will enable PAT to fulfill its goals and objectives for a safe and secured Port, including repairing and maintaining of navigation aids for a safe and reliable working environment and for offshore projects such as dredging and wharf maintenance.

The $1.7million pa’anga vessel departed Australia’s shores on the 6th of this month and was bought by the Ports Authority with secured bank loan from the Bank of the South Pacific – BSP.

Priority projects will include dredging of the Taufa’ahau Tupou IV Domestic Wharf and ‘Eua Wharf following the damages from TC Harold.

The steel flat top barge has an overall length of 36.57 meter with a breadth of 12.19 meter and weighs 286 tons.

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