Port Denarau Marina, Fiji’s premium marina facility and the gateway to the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands have opened a new extension structure to expand its passenger check-in facilities in December. With a total capital investment of $700,000, the extension aims to meet the demand of growing commercial requirements in view of the growth of the tourism industry in Fiji.
Port Denarau Marina’s decision to build this extension was related to the fact that our Passenger Terminal, completed in 2009 and designed to house 15 check-in kiosks, was full to capacity.
Baytex of Tauranga provided a suitable architectural design build solution to meet both the Fijian building code and functional all weather requirements.
Baytex’s design consists of a tensile membrane PVC product called TX30 type II from their fabric supplier Serge Ferrari in France, which offers a higher strength range and significantly increased design life than standard architectural PVC products. Baytex Operations Manager, Andrew Lingman worked with his engineers at REDCO NZ and Fabspan Pty Ltd to provide the structural calculations for the pole structure, the concrete foundations and the tensile membrane to work in the Fijian environment. Final compliance sign off was completed by local engineering firm NRW Macallan (Fiji) Ltd. Tauranga local company Tagar Metals were contracted for the structural steel work, Ronstan in Melbourne provided the tension cables and guy rods and local Fijian company Kyronn (Fiji) Pte Ltd provided all ground works and concrete foundation installation.
Baytex and Port Denarau Marina maintenance crew carried the installation and commissioning of the tensile membrane pole structure.
The architectural design features a nautical theme of rigging and sailing. Occupying just over 365 square meters and situated on the entrance of our Commercial Jetty B, the Secondary Check-in tent is a striking distinctive feature of the marina.
The tent structure accommodates 16 check-in facilities for game fishing charters, day trips, island transfers and many other commercial operators berthed at the marina.
The new terminal extension represents yet another step in building a world–class tourism and transportation system and compliments our fully occupied commercial berths. The new structure is unique and the first for Fiji.
With tourisms continued growth as Fiji’s major industry and further forecasted growth to achieve an industry worth $2.2bn target in 2021, Port Denarau Marina believes that this addition will allow us to serve the future of tourism Fiji and the growth of our commercial operators who call Port Denarau Marina home.