The Minister for Public Utilities and Infrastructure, Honourable Jotham Napat MP has announced the busy port of Lolowai Harbour is being upgraded to improve safety standards.

The port was identified as a priority issue in the Department of Infrastructure’s business plan for 2017.

“The harbour is used by domestic and inter island ships and services three islands in Penama Province. Safe navigation is challenged by the shallow entrance to the harbour, which does not allow ships with large draft to enter.”

Minister Napat said the limitations of Lolowai Harbour have precluded larger ships from servicing Penama.

“We have now completed the first phase of the upgrade with the installation of directional markers to enable safer passage for boats inside the harbour,” Minister Napat said.

“Shipping plays such an important role in our lives, we are dependent on ships for trade and supply. Our team identified the need for nav aids in Lolowai and I’m delighted to announce this project has now been completed.”

The work was carried out with the assistance of Ports and Harbours in Santo, the provincial government and the department of infrastructure.