New Luganville wharf opened

THE Government of Vanuatu has officially taken delivery of the new main wharf at Luganville, Santo-the longest wharf in the South Pacific.

The Chinese Ambassador to Vanuatu, Liu Quan, handed keys to the longest wharf to Prime Minister Charlot Salwai during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the weekend.

Luganvilla_wharfValued at VT9 billion, the project comprises a 360-metre wharf, new passenger terminal and facilities to handle both cargo and passengers.

It was successfully completed by the Shanghai Construction Group six months in advance.

The current wharf project is the biggest project to have been undertaken by any Chinese company in Vanuatu.

Ambassador Quan said, “This miracle project is testimony to the Chinese companies that they have the highest engineering knowhow and technologies, and the most important of all is that once they commit, they honour their commitment and deliver in time and quality.”

Shanghai Construction Company Manager Huang said Luganville Wharf is one of 10 projects he has been managing and was also one of the most challenging.

Ambassador Quan said the most difficult part of building a wharf is working underwater and in this project, six divers spent working underwater for four hours non-stop until their task was completed. “As the Ambassador of China, I am very proud of you and very thankful to the Government and people of Vanuatu for the confidence and trust they have in China,” he said.

He said China and Vanuatu are working together on many projects which are going to be completed this year including the Korman Stadium Complex in preparation for the Pacific Mini Games in December.

“I sincerely wish that Vanuatu would use this golden opportunity to showcase the warmth and beauty of this paradise and that the 190 athletes currently taking training in China are prepared to win more gold medals,” he said.

Prime Minister Salwai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade and Tourism Joe Natuman, Home Affairs and Local Authorities Minister Alfred Maoh and President of Sanma Province John Olo Aru, all thanked the Ambassador and the Shanghai Construction Group for the construction of the new wharf, which can accommodate two cruise liners at the same time.

– Vanuatu Tourism Office