McConnell Dowell is pleased to announce the award of a design and construct contract by the Commonwealth of Australia for wharf infrastructure works in a number of Pacific Islands.

The work involves upgrades to wharves in Tuvalu, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, Cook Islands, Kiribati and Vanuatu to accommodate a new Guardian-class Patrol Boats The boats will enhance Pacific Island nation’s ability to patrol their own exclusive economic zones (EEZs).

McConnell Dowell Managing Director for New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, Fraser Wyllie said the project aligned perfectly with McConnell Dowell’s capability. “With our strength in marine construction and our established networks in the Pacific, this project is a perfect fit for McConnell Dowell. We have a strong track record of delivering innovative solutions for logistically challenging marine projects across New Zealand, Australia, South East Asia and the Pacific.” 

McConnell Dowell has worked extensively in the Pacific for over 50 years and continues to play an important role in the ongoing development of the region. “We have a long history of working with Pacific communities to deliver significant marine, transport, defence and water infrastructure. This project is another opportunity for us to drive progress by improving marine security.”

The infrastructure works are split across seven separate packages, each subject to their own scope and requirements. The works consist of infrastructure upgrades to provide safe berthing and mooring facilities, and wharf access for maintenance and provisioning.

The project has a six-month design and procurement phase which commences immediately, with Construction due to commence in June.