Ports CEO Urges Action on Sufferance Wharves highlighting SIPA’s contribution to the government’s revenue
Eranda Kotewala, the CEO of Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA), has drawn attention to the urgent need to address the Sufferance wharves established to ease business for logging companies. In an interview with Tavuli News, the Ports CEO urges action on sufferance wharves, highlighting the valuable contribution of the Ports Authority as an SOE, diligently fulfilling its obligations under the SOE Act.
In the past, SIPA has acknowledged various concerns arising from the existence of Sufferance wharves, beyond the evident revenue losses they have incurred. These issues should be a matter of concern for Solomon Islanders, encompassing aspects such as international ship and port security (ISPS), safety protocols, and the imperative to comply with International Maritime Organisation (IMO) requirements. Insufficient measures at Sufferance wharves expose the country’s ports to vulnerability, especially considering the prevailing global concerns surrounding international terrorism, contraband shipments, and narcotics.
To safeguard the nation’s ports and uphold maritime security, CEO Eranda Kotewala emphasizes the necessity of addressing these challenges promptly. By implementing stringent security mechanisms, prioritizing safety measures, and adhering to international maritime standards, SIPA aims to protect national interests, foster secure international trade, and promote sustainable economic growth for the Solomon Islands.
The Solomon Islands Ports Authority recently hosted the 45th Pacific Maritime Transport Alliance Conference where the primary objective of the conference is to foster regional cooperation, friendship, and understanding among member ports and port users. Additionally, the event focuses on promoting measures to enhance efficiency, safety, and the harmonious development of ports.
Kotewala says they did not discuss the issue of sufferance wharves in the conference.