(Rev Dr. Kitiona Tausi)
The Project Manager for the “Outer Islands Maritime Infrastructure Workboat Harbour”, Mr Vete Sakaio confirmed to KMT News that the landing ramps on the islands of Nanumaga and Niutao will be re-constructed soon. Mr Sakaio said that the company that won the contract to construct the work boat harbour at Nukulaelae will also construct these ramps and construction works to begin sometimes in the middle of this year, 2018.
The ramps that were destroyed by Cyclone Pam I te 2015 had been very convenient in the unloading and loading of cargoes from the workboats to the shore and from the shore to the workboats. These ramps were requested by the communities of these two island to re-build and was approved by government.
Mr Sakaio said that works on these two ramps will be carried out once the employees of the company and their equipment and materials arrive in Tuvalu sometimes in May this year. The company will first deliver their machineries, equipment and materials to Nukulaelae and then it will send two teams of workers to Nanumaga and Niutao to begin works on the ramps. The works may take about 2 weeks.