Tuvalu Maritime Training Institute
Sunday, 03 May 2009

It has taken a while but the refurbishment of the Tuvalu Maritime Training Institute is coming along well in that by the time it is completed, say by June this year, it should be something to be proud of and to look forward to particularly for future students.

The re-organisation of the island of Amatuku or more accurately the re-planning of the whole island has taken into account the main objective of the institution where all the seafarers of Tuvalu were trained. The layout is now more logical where the power house has been shifted further away to the outer southern limits of the residential area while the Fire Fighting Simulator is now located on the south east.

The residential block for the students consist of a two-storey building of concrete base with timber upper structure and deep corrugation iron roofing for better water collection. The design of the building takes into account the elongation form of the island with rows of twin rooms on either side of a middle passage whilst having wide airy verandas along both sides of the long building at the upper and lower level. The ablution block is offset about sixty metres to the south east of the dormitory. There are a number of rain water tank farms around each building to collect all rain water that is caught on the roofs of the building.

A new double storey school block is just about centre stage of the island next to a small recreation park. The upper storey has a clear view of the Pacific Ocean and the Funafuti Lagoon which are both only a stone’s throw away.

The new jetty is yet to be built and this will incorporate the lifeboat launching davits towards the lagoon side. At the time of the visit in February, the Office block was being re-roofed before being extended and sub-divided.

There is an air of excitement on the island with the prospects of completion of the upgrade. The lecturers’ residents are just about completed. These three bedroom houses are well spread out on the northern part of the island interspersed with local vegetation.

The workshop complex has been done up to include welding booths on the outer wing. In front of the workshop is the hatch and Samson Posts rigged to Union Purchase, well greased and painted. As if to be reminded that we are ashore, the Maniaba (social activity house) is just to one side of the cargo rigging. Captain Superintendant Usungafono Tofinga is hopeful that all will be completed before the expiry of his contract this year.


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