Queen Sālote International Wharf Upgrade

Customer: Tonga Ports Authority

Contract: Design and Construct

Location: Nuku'alofa, Tonga


Ports & Coastal Solutions New Zealand & Pacific Islands

Fast Facts

  • Wharf reconstructions and extensions to cater for larger vessels
  • Construction of multiple new dolphins
  • General port improvements including paving, drainage, lighting, firefighting facilities

McConnell Dowell is upgrading the Queen Sālote International Wharf for the Tonga Ports Authority. The 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.

This critical infrastructure upgrade will achieve several objectives including modernising and climate-proofing the facility, increasing container capacity, and improving overall port operations. 

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 delivering works in the Pacific region.

Below is a contruction update video.

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