June 23, 2015
Artist's rendering of Wharf for Domestic Transport
On June 10, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement (G/A) with the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga to provide grant aid of up to 3.32 billion yen for the Project for Upgrading of Wharf for Domestic Transport.
Nukuʻalofa Port in the capital city of Nukuʻalofa does not have a specialized wharf for large domestic cargo. Since passenger ferries berth in the cargo container yard, cargo handling during passenger embarking and disembarking is crowded, putting the safety of passengers at risk. In addition, because the stevedoring procedures for international and domestic cargo are carried out in the same container yard, the cargo handling is inefficient.
This project will cover the construction of a passenger terminal and a wharf, as well as the development of ship berthing areas and other upgrades to provide the wharf infrastructure required for large domestic transportation ships. The project will contribute to improving the efficiency of passenger and cargo transportation by ensuring the safety of domestic passengers at the port and providing a separate area for stevedoring.
This project is expected to have synergetic effects with the operation of a domestic transportation ship, which currently plays the core role of transportation between the main island and outlying islands and was granted by the Government of Japan in FY 2008.