Tonga’s Ministry of Transport has led a number of improvement initiatives in maritime transport safety and security. These actions follow the launch of the Transport Sector Consolidation Project (TSCP), a bilateral funded project by the World Bank and later (in 2010) the AusID.
Under the TSCP, the Tongan Government has and continues to implement infrastructure improvements and changes to reduce marine pollution. These include the upgrading of ferry wharves and ramps, shipping channels, mooring buoys, navigation aids (beacons, light, buoys and channel markers), as well as related investments.
We were invited by World Bank to identify the scope of works required to improve the ongoing safe operations of inter-island shipping and transportation.
We carried out a Needs Assessment and a related action plan covering all components involved directly or indirectly with domestic shipping services in terms of:
The safety standards for passenger vessels have been improved under an enhanced regulatory framework with the Government’s Marine and Ports Division. Additionally, aids to navigation and ports-related works have been carried out to improve safety and security of seafarers.
In view of changes made to Singapore QRA Guidelines (implemented in 2016), a Dutch storage major with a brown-field facility whereby the risk from the facility has not been assessed engaged BMT to carry out a Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA) in accordance to both existing and new Singapore QRA Guidelines for the Terminal.
A number of terminal feasibility studies were supported using the STATSCo in-house BMT REMBRANDT system, as well as incident reconstructions to provide rapid insight.
We prepared a business plan for the new offshore multi-user port development in Abu Dhabi, involving staged construction of facilities from initial operations in 2010 to full development by 2028.
We carried out the conceptual design of the MOLF, covering geotechnical and marine structural engineering design activities, as well as a number of specialist studies and surveys needed for adequately evaluating the options available.