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Long-term solution to Temple Street pontoon wharf

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Long-term solution to Temple Street pontoon wharf
Morni (second left) handing over the CPC to Melati as Lee (second right) and others look on.

By Danny Wong

SIBU: The Sarawak Ministry of Transport handed over the Certificate of Practical Completion (CPC) for ‘The Proposed New Jetty Structures’ at the existing RC (reinforced concrete) pontoon wharf, Temple Street here.

Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin was present yesterday to witness the handover between Sarawak Rivers Board (SRB) chairman Morni Suhaili and contractor and Syarikat Shar Permata owner Melati Mos Sampar.

The project provided safety, reliability and convenience to the shipping and riverine communities as well as the public, Lee said.

He added that this was also as a long-term solution to the existing facility that had seen wear and tear over the years.

Lee said that the project implemented by SRB, an agency under the Sarawak Ministry of Transport took a period of six months.

Lee (second right) inspecting the wharf.

Main components of the project included construction of six units of RC pontoons, installation of six units of guide piles, installation of two units of marine lantern and modification work on the existing gangways.

The cost was over RM860,000 and fully funded by the Sarawak government.

Speaking later to the media, Lee said the implementation of the project had its challenges.

“There were times the contractor was not allowed to work or with a reduction of 50 percent of manpower in compliance with the standard operating procedure set by the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee.

“SRB had granted the contractor a 50-day extension.

“Despite this, the contractor successfully completed all scope of works in accordance with the contract specifications.”

He added that the actual completion date of the project was Sept 5.

A section of the pontoon wharf.

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