The Avatiu Port Development project aims to provide secure and efficient port infrastructure for Rarotonga, removing many of the constraints and safety risks associated with the existing port facilities.
As an island-nation heavily dependent on tourism and trade, the upgrade of the port and ageing wharf is vital to the Cook Islands economy. The previous structure limited the accommodation of larger ships, including cruise and cargo ships, which limited tourism opportunities.
Beca provided environmental services to the Cook Islands Port Authority (CIPA) preparing an Environmental Impact Assessment, building on an Initial Environmental Examination and consultation commissioned by the Asian Development Bank during the project’s loan assistance stage.
Beca provided design and project management services for the development, which included reconstruction of the existing wharf, dredging of the main harbour and entrance and relocating some facilities to improve terminal efficiency.
Avatiu Port now accommodates container and fuel tankers up to 120m in length and when weather conditions allow, cruise ships up to 200m. The development also aims to create new opportunities for business in the foreshore area make the waterfront more accessible for the public to enjoy.
At 500mm higher than the existing wharf, the new wharf provides increased protection from the effects of sea-level rise due to climate change.
Cook Islands Port Authority, Asian Development Bank, Government of the Cook Islands, McConnell Dowell Constructors Ltd, Beca