Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities (MIPU) - Vanuatu


NZ$60 million

Contract Type

Construct only


Feb 2018



Port Vila Lapetasi International Multi-Purpose Wharf Development

Supporting tourism and trade in Vanuatu

With growing tourism and trade industries, Vanuatu’s port facilities at Port Vila strained to cope with demand. The terminal is shared by both cruise and cargo ships, and with recent increases in international and domestic cargo movements a dedicated deep water berth for larger cargo ships was required. 

The Vanuatu Government in conjunction with the Ports Authority embarked upon a US$100 million project to build a new international container terminal and wharf, providing additional freight capacity and separating international cargo vessels from cruise ships. Financed via a loan from the Japanese Government under an aid programme, the expansion project is expected to increase the volume of business currently handled by the Port Vila Main Wharf by up to two-thirds.

the expansion project is expected to increase the volume of business currently handled by the Port Vila Main Wharf by up to two-thirds.

Fletcher South Pacific and Brian Perry Civil joined forces in 2015 to deliver the multi-purpose terminal for the main contractor, Japanese construction company Toa Corporation.

The work scope included:
  • Construction of a new 200m long steel pile wharf with concrete coping
  • Dredging the harbour to 14 metres below sea level in front of the wharf to provide sufficient clearance for large container ships
  • Reclamation of 16,000m2 of new land
  • Construction of seven new terminal buildings, including a three-storey port administration building and separate workshop and container freight facilities
  • 35,000m2 of new heavy duty pavement and associated drainage for the terminal compound
  • Solar panel installation and electrical back up system for terminal
  • CCTV Security system and yard lighting

Project Partners

Name Toa Corporation

Role Main contractor

Name Joint Venture of ECOH Corporation, Oriental Consultants Company & Japan Port Consultants Ltd

Role Designer


Role Funding