King to open new Taufa’āhau Tupou IV domestic terminal and wharf

The new Taufa’āhau Tupou IV Domestic Terminal and Wharf will be commissioned this week June 1 by His Majesty King Tupou VI.

The $66 million wharf was now separate from the International wharf known as Queen Sālote and the Cruise ship wharf known as Vuna.

As Kaniva News reported, Tongan Port Authorities CEO Mōsese Lavemai said the new domestic wharf was “the most advanced and modern in the Pacific except Australia and New Zealand.”

The wharf building was designed to resist earthquakes, tsunamis and cyclones, he said.

The foundations are above sea level to cope with rise in ocean levels.

The wharf facilities were designed to help ships use less fuel during berthing.

The project, being constructed on the western side of Queen Sālote Wharf, includes two ship berthing areas with each having a length of 90 metres and a three story terminal building.

The building was partly powered by solar panels on the roof.

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