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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.

Author: 

Solomon Fresh-Beat Online, Published: 3 August 2016

SIPA inquiry kicks off

The Commission of Inquiry into the reform program of the SI Ports Authority has begun its work, in office facilities at the Paul Tovua Building, National Parliament.


Documentary evidence of interest to the inquiry has been requisitioned from those concerned. In coming weeks the Commission will be interviewing and taking oral evidence from persons that it considers are likely to be able to assist in its inquiries.


The proceedings of the Inquiry will not be open to the public, but if any member of the public has information that she or he believes may be relevant to the Inquiry, they are invited to contact the Secretary at the address below, so that arrangements can be made for the information to be provided to the Inquiry.


Separate but related investigations are being made by the RSI Police and by external auditors commissioned by SIPA itself. The Commission of Inquiry will maintain contact with both investigations to facilitate sharing of information.

Author: 

Solomon Star, Published: 28 June 2016

Ports workers praise new digital system

THE Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) workers are now using a digital entry system to enter data, thanks to the SIPA reforms. Officers who operate data entry at the ports yesterday said the new digital data entry system have impacted positively on the effectiveness and efficiency in executing their work. “For instance, we were used to entering data manually using pen and paper. That was a very inconvenient and slow way compared to what we are using now. “Now, we are using cell phones and other digital instruments to do the job and it makes our work way easier and effective. “Data entries are now more reliable and consistent, making it very easy for the management to access our daily entries easily at anytime,” the officers said.


The officers who spoke to the Solomon Star after a press conference on Monday said the use of pen and paper is now a thing of the past. When asked about how the reform as impacted on them, they said the reform did impacted positively on a number of issues. “Yes, in terms of our operating systems, we have some changes such as this digital data entry. Some of the past exhausting jobs we would manually do before were gone. Now with this new digital system, it is easy and convenient for us to work progressively well with our managers on a timely and consistent manner, allowing them to monitor the work activities at the port of entry.”

Author: 
Solomon Star, Published: 27 April 2016

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