22 Jan 2015

Fiji's Port Denarau to get makeover

9:13 am on 22 January 2015

Fiji's Port Denarau Marina is set for a substantial upgrade, with private investors coming on board.

Although the proposal isn't signed off yet, and awaiting approval subject to the Mangrove Resource Management Act, the CEO of the marina, Nigel Skeggs, says an environmental plan is in place.

Nigel Skeggs says the marina transfers 780,000 people a year, and in 2014, hosted 46 super yachts.

He says the upgrade will include more secure berthing for boats during the cyclone season, as well as facilities for boat repairs.

"This is particularly important for the super yachts and our commercial boats in the West and we see some great opportunities to upskill the workforce in Fiji, to have the facilities here and to a degree, compete with Australia and New Zealand on the repairs and maintenance business."

Nigel Skeggs says the redevelopment will also keep its current berths for those who live in villages on the remote islands.