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The First Twin Pick Kalmar Empty Handler

The Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) is excited to announce the first twin pick kalmar empty handler in the country. This machinery means speed and efficiency for SIPA operations.

The handler could manage two empty containers with one lift. It could also stack containers up to 7 containers high which could potentially increase ports storage capacity.

The Kalmar Handler was installed successfully over the last week by a certified Kalmar Installer from our neighbouring Papua New Guinea - Mr Jason Manga with assitance provided by SIPA's engineering department.

This is a milestone for SIPA and another step forward for the country's development.

SIPA, Published: 3 November 2016

New International Wharf Opening Ceremony

Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare together with the Minister for Infrastructure Development, Hon Jimmy Lusibaea and the Japanese Ambassador to Solomon Islands, His Excellency Kenichi Kimiya officiated the opening of what the Prime Minister labelled as a ‘Wonderful gift from the Government and People of Japan to the People of Solomon Islands.’

That wonderful gift is a new International wharf constructed under the Japanese Government-funded Project for Improvement of Honiara Port Facilities. The ground-breaking ceremony for this project was also officiated by the Prime Minister and Ambassador Kimiya last year. "From the Government’s perspective, this new international wharf will create more employment for Solomon Islanders and also introduce new skills to the Ports Authority Work Force,” Prime Minister Sogavare elaborated.

The Prime Minister said he is also pleased to learn that JICA-funded projects including the new wharf facility are designed to withstand the effects of climate change. Meanwhile, Ambassador Kimiya in his speech at the occasion said, “I am very happy to be given a chance to cooperate with the Government of Solomon Islands on such a strategically important project which has direct impact on the development of Solomon Islands.”

He says the Project for Improvement of Honiara Port Facilities aims to expand the port facilities including the construction of this new international wharf and also the construction of a second one (international wharf) so that larger vessels can be docked and shipping works can be done more efficiently. "I believe that this new Honiara Port will be one of the regional and international hubs of logistics and tourism and it will enhance the connectivity of Solomon Islands with the global economy.

Solomon Fresh-Beat Online, Published 11 August 2016

New International Wharf Opens Next Week

The SBD$190 million new Solomon Island Ports Authority (SIPA) international wharf will be officially open next week, Wednesday 10th August 2016.

The two years project was constructed by Kitano Construction Joint Venture and Toa Cooperation facilitated by the Ministry of Infrastructure and implemented by the Ports Authority.Ground breaking to formalise and mark the commencement of the project between the government of Solomon Islands and Japan was made early last year despite the actual work on the project which started since October 2014.

The international seaport covers 150 meter long and 180 meter depth that can cater for large cargo and cruise ship.

The New international dock when operates will ease the congestion of calling ships, improve the strength of trade in the country, expand container yard, increase the stacking capacity of containers and enable them to handle volume efficiently.

Also it will be enough to facilitate the congestion of calling ships and significantly reduce a berth waiting time of ships to almost zero. There is no doubt that the project will boost Honiara as one of the busy hubs in the region and will contribute to activate the economy of Solomon Islands.


Solomon Fresh-Beat Online, Published: 3 August 2016


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