The new wharf will be used to handle Panamax bulkers, using mobile harbour cranes to offload material into large hoppers. The wharf will be connected to shore via 30ft concrete ramps.
Construction began in September 2012 with the demolition of the over 60-year-old wooden Wharves 1 & 2 and the adjacent warehouse built by the US Navy during World War II.
A 950ft long seawall designed to meet storm surges and predicted sea level rise has been built along the shore of the port adjacent to the new wharf.
Additional improvements forming part of the Wharves 1&2 project include a new 800 sq ft longshoreman’s building, upgraded of water and electrical utilities, new roads, exterior lighting, and a parking area.
Project completion is on schedule for late 2013, the port confirmed.