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Taufa’ahau Tupou IV Domestic Wharf Officially Commissioned

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1st June, 2018 His Majesty King Tupou VI unveiled the Taufa’ahau Tupou IV Domestic Wharf plaque to officially commission the new wharf.

Speaking to more than 100 guests, the Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva extended Tonga’s gratitude to the People of Japan for Upgrading the Wharf for Domestic Transport.  A modern terminal landmark welcoming travelers to our beautiful capital.  He added that at the Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting in 2012, this project was formulated in line with Tonga’s National Infrastructure Investment Plan.

He said that to strengthen domestic transport by expanding the domestic wharf, the work was colossal and today we witness what is possible with true cooperation.  With growing demand and the tide of development, Tonga needed this upgrade.

“In 1967, His Majesty the Late King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV, in his Royal Address for the Opening of the Queen Salote Wharf referred to Tonga as a maritime nation. But what a wonderful terminal for our ‘highway’.  International and domestic shipping are now separate, it is safer for our people””

He also said the Contractor TOA Corporation and Oriental Consultants Global together with our local experts and all who toiled for this momentous day must be applauded for the ingenious design and commitment to excellence.

He told the gathering that this wharf not only boasts of comfortable services with breathtaking views but it is testament to our need to adapt to our current situation.

“Taufa’ahau Tupou IV Domestic Wharf can accommodate ships and can shelter during natural disasters. The terminal building is durable and higher than a 10m tsunami. Taufa’ahau Tupou IV Domestic Wharf complete with its technical features is friendship manifest. Taufa’ahau Tupou IV Domestic Wharf is magnificent and will serve your people.”

Hon. Pohiva on behalf of His Majesty’s Government and the People of Tonga, expressed his most sincere gratitude to His Excellency Tetsuya Ishii and the Government and People of Japan for their continuing assistance.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Tonga, H.E Tetsuya Ishii said, “According to the preparatory survey report, the quantitative effects includes, firstly, that 1, 500 Gross Ton ships, calling upon the port, will increase to 45 times per year, secondly, Cargo Volume, will increase to 45, 000 tons per year, and thirdly, the Passenger Traffics, will increase to 45, 000 people per year, in comparison to the 2014 baseline data as zero.

“In this context, it can be said that the project will mobilize people and goods, whereby the flow of daily necessities and agricultural products, including various kinds of fruits, between the Kingdom’s Island groups will boost the domestic economy, as well as the overseas trade. As such, it will be expected to reduce the economic disparity between the main-island and the outer islands. It will also promote the sense of unity, and most significantly, will encourage maritime safety of “Domestic Connectivity” throughout the region.”

H.E Tetsuya Ishii acknowledged the importance of the Wharf, and recalled on the hard work of both Japanese and Tongan engineers and workers.

“It is my sincere hope that the Wharf will be well maintained and appropriately managed by the Government and the Ports Authority of Tonga for the benefits of not just today’s generations, but tomorrow’s.”

Present at the opening ceremony were the Royal Family, Nobles of the Realm, Ministers of Cabinet, Heads of all Diplomatic Missions in Tonga, Chief Representative of JICA in Fiji and JICA officers, Ms. Kaiora Oono, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dr. Sione Kioa, Royal Chaplain, Reverend Dr. ‘Ahio, Church leaders, government officials, TOA Construction and Oriental Consultants Global and guests.


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Issued by the: Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communication.

 

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