Four ultra-modern pontoons and gangways have made their way from Superior Jetties’ Gold Coast factory to the coast of Papua New Guinea, where they make a daily difference to the lifestyle and livelihoods of the locals.
The Koki fish market is a Port Moresby landmark, adjacent to a busy produce market and a stone’s throw from the fascinating stilt village of Wanigela, hovering above the water of Collingwood Bay.
Koki was an important Allied staging point during World War II, but these days, it’s a colourful hub of grass-roots PNG commerce.
The Koki market redevelopment comprises a jetty, sales area for 60 merchants, ice making machines and four floating pontoons constructed and installed by Australia’s Superior Jetties.
The freshly installed pontoons were manufactured at Superior’s Gold Coast headquarters, transported to Brisbane, then on to Townsville by train, before heading by ship to Port Moresby. The system consists of 18 Elite concrete deck pontoons that measure 40m x 4m, plus two gangways for access.
As Superior’s International Sales Manager, Phil Hudson explains: “It was designed to provide a safe docking area for fishing boats to pull in alongside the fish markets to make loading and unloading easy and organised. This is very exciting for the local people. In fact, it’s sheer luxury!” Next door, the stilt village of Wanigela teeters precariously on timber piles.
“The Koki Fish Markets is not only an important part of the food supply chain in the region, it’s a highly social central meeting point. The new pontoons, commissioned by PNGFP Building Systems, will make a lot of difference to this community, where once there was nothing but beach, rocks and water.”
Superior Jetties marina products have been in demand in PNG with infrastructure enquiries recently for marinas, commercial installations like Koki as well as resource driven investments.
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