Solomon Islands: Domestic Maritime Support (Sector) Project

Sovereign Project | 40263-022 Status: Approved

Summary

ADB is helping the Solomon Islands improve shipping services to spur rural development. The project will construct about 12 rural wharves and some jetties. It will establish a franchise shipping scheme to serve remote communities and a new Solomon Islands Maritime Safety Administration to improve regulation and oversight.

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Project Name Domestic Maritime Support (Sector) Project
Project Number 40263-022
Country Solomon Islands
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0127-SOL: Domestic Maritime Support (Sector) Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 14.00 million
TA 7178-SOL: Establishment of the Solomon Islands Maritime Safety Administration
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
European Commission US$ 600,000.00
Grant 0292-SOL: Domestic Maritime Support (Sector)
Australian Grant US$ 4.30 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Water transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The impact of the project will be increased efficiency, safety, and reliability in the transport sector, contributing to economic growth with improved distribution of benefits.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Economic disadvantage in remote rural areas is reduced.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Interisland shipping services are frequent, reliable, and safe.
Progress Toward Outcome

Franchised Shipping Services (FSS) have been established for eight remote routes: Temotu Outer Islands (FR1), Shortland Islands (FR4), Makira Weather Coast (FR6), Guadalcanal Weather Coast (FR7), Sikaiana (FR3), Ulawa (FR8), Ontong Java (FR2), and Rennell and Bellona (FR5). Immediate outcomes have been observed through the voyage reports, including increased agricultural production from targeted areas, and access to health services and education to rural populations. The subsidy payments for FR2, FR4, FR5, FR8 has been shown a reduction whereas for others subsidy has gone up.

The reduction in subsidy payments is an indicator that services becomming commercially viable due to increased economic growth in the areas served by the voyages.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Franchise shipping scheme established and operational

Rural wharves constructed or rehabilitated

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

8 routes to Guadalcanal, Makira, Ulawa, Sikaiana, Ontong Java, Renbel, Shortlands, and Temotu were established for franchised shipping scheme. As of September 2015, 7 services are operating successfully. The service for Shortland Islands has been suspended temporarily due to conflicts between communities.

5 wharves in Nu'usi, Siota (and a landing ramp), Mbunikalo (and a landing ramp), Katurasele, and Manikaraku were completed in August 2013 under the first wharf contract.

The second wharf contract included 4 wharves (Ringgi, Keru, Ngassini and Tatamba) and a landing ramp at Uhu. The additional cofinancing from the Government of New Zealand enabled constructing three additional wharves in Susubona, Lambulambu and Vuranggo. All 7 wharves and the landing ramp have been completed as of September 2015.

Geographical Location Nationwide
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects All subprojects have been screened for IEE and approved. Environmental safeguards for all wharf sites were assessed in accordance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009). All wharves were considered to be environment category B, as the likely impacts to be site-specific, few if any were irreversible, and in most cases mitigation measures were designed and implemented. This categorization has been confirmed by the Environment and Safeguards Division of the Regional and Sustainable Development Department.
Involuntary Resettlement All wharves have been categorized category C for involuntary resettlement. Alle subprojects required the use of land owned either by community organizations or community groups especially for access to site and construction of wharves itself. The community organizations and community groups were supportive of the development works and have signed a memorandum of understandings (MOUs) to voluntarily provide the land for wharf reconstruction works. The MOUs, validated by a third party have been included in the land due diligence reports (DDR).
Indigenous Peoples The whraf subprojects do not have any impact on indigenous people.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design During feasibility study in 2008 to 2010, about 20 wharf sites have been screened for necessary due diligence including technical, economical, enviromental, gender and poverty. Susbstantial community consultations were undertaken at these sites. The subprojects that were identified for implementation were selected after lengthy stakeholder consultations including Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Infrastructurer Development, donor agencies, National Transport Fund, and more importantly community groups. The project steering committee approved the selected subprojects for implementation.
During Project Implementation Community consultations were carried out before commencement of construction works at every wharf site. Gender, HIV and AIDS awareness workshops were also undertaken by the contractor nominated service providers along with the construction works. The project steering committee covenued regularly to advise issues with respect to community and construction issues. ADB fielded review missions twice a year joined by cofinanciers including European Union, Australia and New Zealand. The government officials including Ministry of Finance and Tresury, Ministry of Infrastructure Development also participated at these review missions.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Consulting services will be engaged in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time).
Procurement Procurement services will be engaged in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2015, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer P.P.G.P.P. Indrawansa
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney, Australia
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Infrastructure Development
Mr. Mike Qaqara
qaqaramike@yahoo.com
P. O. Box 26, Honiara, Solomon Islands
Timetable
Concept Clearance 11 Aug 2008
Fact Finding 11 Aug 2008 to 22 Aug 2008
MRM 03 Sep 2008
Approval 25 Nov 2008
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 17 Mar 2008
Last PDS Update 22 Sep 2015

Grant 0127-SOL

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
25 Nov 2008 20 Jan 2009 10 Feb 2009 30 Jun 2019 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 16.15 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 14.00 25 Nov 2008 NaN 1.60 100%
Counterpart 2.15 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 25 Nov 2008 NaN 1.99 124%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - Satisfactory - -

Grant 0292-SOL

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
23 May 2012 02 Nov 2012 28 Feb 2013 31 Dec 2014 31 Dec 2015 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 4.30 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 23 May 2012 0.00 3.87 98%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 4.30 23 May 2012 0.00 3.55 90%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - Satisfactory - -

Grant 0293-SOL

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
23 May 2012 02 Nov 2012 28 Feb 2013 31 Dec 2014 31 Dec 2015 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 0.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 23 May 2012 0.00 4.96 94%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 23 May 2012 0.00 4.51 85%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - Satisfactory - -

TA 7178-SOL

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
25 Nov 2008 23 Jan 2009 23 Jan 2009 30 Jun 2011 31 Aug 2012 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,000,000.00 600,000.00 325,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,925,000.00 25 Nov 2008 1,441,321.71
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - Satisfactory - -

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