McConnell Dowell awarded important Tongan port upgrade

McConnell Dowell is proud to have been selected to support the Tonga Ports Authority in upgrading the Nuku’alofa Port.

This critical infrastructure upgrade will achieve a number of objectives including modernizing and climate-proofing the facility, increasing container capacity, and improving overall port operations. The Nuku’alofa Port is the country’s main international port and a lifeline for the people of Tonga. An estimated 98% of Tonga’s imports arrive by sea.

The main features of the project include an extension to Wharf 2 to better accommodate larger vessels, construction of a new dolphin between Wharf 1 and 2, construction of new dolphins on the eastern side of Wharf 1, reconstruction of Wharf 1, and general improvements such as reorganisation, new paving, drainage, smart lighting, waste management, and firefighting.

To ensure that the port remains operational with minimal disruption during construction, the works will be completed in three phases, with a mix of marine and onshore work.

The works will be predominantly self-delivered by McConnell Dowell, supported by carefully selected specialist subcontractors who offer expertise and efficiency in delivery works to the Pacific region. McConnell Dowell’s purpose of ‘providing a better life’ is demonstrated by our commitment to providing career and development opportunities for our staff, subcontractors, and the local communities we operate in. If you are interested in working on this exciting project apply now via our careers page.