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PNA’s building becoming a reality, Majuro aims to be one stop shopping for fisheries
6:01 pm GMT+12, 20/05/2018, Marshall Islands

Parties to Nauru Agreement(PNA)CEO Ludwig Kumoru and PNA Commercial Manager Maurice Brownjohn met with PII CEO Jerry Kramer last week for a small signing ceremony that sets the stage for a big PNA building project.  
 
PII has already commenced demolition/site preparation work at the former Won Hai Shien/Jemen Ei Corporation facilities next to Uliga Dock.  
 
In addition, procurement of construction materials is in progress for the new four-story building. When complete, it will provide a place of business and be able to host meetings for the Parties to the Nauru Agreement office staff.  
 
PII and PNA await the completion of the detailed design which they expect to have in another four to five weeks.   
 
The project, which is funded in total by PNA, is expected to be constructed in a year’s time.
 
Meanwhile, Pacific International Inc. is poised to establish the largest private sector fisheries support operation in the Pacific region following RMI EPA approval of its plan to fill a large portion of the ocean side reef area across from its lagoon side industrial site past the bridge.
 
“The aim is to develop a one-stop fisheries support facility,” PII CEO Jerry Kramer told the Marshall Islands Journal. The commercial tuna fishery is the big industry in this region, and the Marshall Islands needs to do more to attract and maintain fishing business, said Kramer.
 
The initial — and most costly — stage of the ocean side plan is land filling the ocean side reef to reclaim land to build facilities on. What will follow the land reclamation is a plan for developing a wide-range of on-shore facilities and services to support fishing vessels. The land reclamation project will develop over six acres of new land on the ocean side reef adjacent to its lagoon side dock property that already sports a large commercial dock and a net repair facility.
 
PII has already completed phase one of its development plan with the opening of the net repair yard for purse seiners over a year ago. PII saw business at the net yard pick up significantly in the second half of 2017. The next phase on the lagoon side is to extend the PII dock westward to a length of 1,200 feet to accommodate multiple vessels.
 
The dock expansion and ocean side development plan will be used to support a range of fisheries related needs from fuel to freezer storage of tuna that can be offloaded from fishing boats for short-term storage before being transported by container to off-shore canneries. Shipping companies are looking to fill their vessels without-bound cargo from Majuro, which the proposed off-loading and tuna storage facilities would support.
 
Kramer said having shore-based freezer capacity can expand tuna exports by container ship that will reduce use of carrier vessels that are currently the main means of tuna transshipment in Majuro.
 
Of the benefits for the RMI Kramer noted, “Many local companies and the government will benefit from spin off activities. Everything happens with economic development.”

SOURCE: PNA TUNA MARKET WATCH/PACNEWS


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