WORKS to repair the deteriorated barge ramp at Oro Bay Port were completed in September, with shipping operations now continuing at the site.

Work on the barge ramp began in April when Prime Minister Peter O’Neill launched the project as part of a wider K10 million rehabilitation project for PNG’s smaller ports.

The ramp had deteriorated due to a lack of continuous maintenance over many years.

Works included the demolition and reinstatement of the existing deteriorated concrete slab, the reinstatement of existing gabion baskets, installation of stone pitch wall and rock armor, the reinstatement of the two existing bollards, backfilling and fixing of the roadway at the barge ramp entry and the installation of a new breasting pile and support.

PNG Ports chief executive Stanley Alphonse said the fast completion of the project was a relief for his team and other port users.

“This rehabilitation program is part of our plans to rehabilitate the smaller ports and continue to provide efficiencies at the wharves for the benefit of our clients and stakeholders,” he said.