44375-013: Maritime and Waterways Safety Project | Asian Development Bank

Papua New Guinea: Maritime and Waterways Safety Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 44375-013 Status: Active

ADB is helping Papua New Guinea enhance maritime safety and efficiency. The project will upgrade the country’s navigational aids network, make maritime safety information more readily available, and help develop maritime safety communities of practice. These improvements are expected to benefit remote, rural populations and boost local and international shipping and trade.

Project Details

Project Officer
Hill, David J. Pacific Department Request for information
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Loan
  • Transport
Project Name Maritime and Waterways Safety Project
Project Number 44375-013
Country Papua New Guinea
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2978-PNG: Maritime and Waterways Safety Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 41.50 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Transport policies and institutional development - Water transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming

The impact will be safer and enhanced access to socioeconomic opportunities for communities in PNG. The project is expected to produce benefits for remote rural populations as well as the national and international population. The outcome will be the environment for safe and economic shipping routes provided by NMSA.


Outputs include (i) replaced, installed and maintained navaids, (ii) improved safety information infrastructure, (iii) improved maritime safety practice of communities, and (iv) efficient project management and capacity development provided.

Output 1: Replaced, installed and maintained navaids. NMSA will replace 99 existing navaids and install 33 additional navaids. These are outlined in the NMSA's work plan with site selection criteria. [Scope and Technical Report (accessible from the list of linked documents in Appendix 2)]. To determine priorities, the plan uses engineering aspects, including relationship with PNG's existing navaids network, ship traffic density, and environmental condition. The proposed project will conduct a feasibility study that includes investigation of the navaids' local environment and conduct due diligence assessments. Where a need is identified, engineering design will incorporate measures for adapting to climate change impacts to ensure sustainable maintenance. [ADB. 2012. PNG Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment of Navigational Infrastructure. Manila (TA 6420)]. Communities will participates in a community engagement program to monitor and secure good condition of navaids based on the practice of the previous project [ADB. 2000. Report and Recommendation of the President to the Board of Directors: Proposed Loan to Papua New Guinea for the Rehabilitation of the Maritime Navigation Aids System Project. Manila (Loan 1754)].

Output 2: Improved safety information infrastructure. NMSA will produce a modern series of paper and electronic navigational charts (ENC) after recompiling existing PNG navigational chart portfolios in cooperation with Australian Hydrographic Service (AHS). [NMSA and Australian Hydrographic Service have a partnership to conduct hydrographic surveys and produce navigational charts]. NMSA will contract out a large scale hydrographic survey and provide data to AHS for producing nautical charts and ENC for seven ports. [ Kulili Harbour; Schlangen Harbor, Wasu; Bugoiya Harbor, Misima Island; Panabwal Group; Deboyne Islands; Yanaba Island, Egum Atoll; and Dawson Strait]. Also, NMSA will extend the automatic identification system (AIS) network by installing AIS transponders and base stations in at least five sites and relocating three existing stations. The project will confirm details and configuration of each site prior to the commencement of civil works. Also, tide gauges will be installed in four major ports [Three tide gauges were installed in Port Moresby, Alotau, and Lae by June 2012. Proposed additional sites are in Daru in Western Province, Madang, Buka in Bougainville Islands, and Manus Islands.] to measure changes in the sea level and contribute to the growing database of climate change and sea level rise information.

Output 3: Improved maritime safety practice of communities. NMSA will provide maritime safety awareness activities among the general public and in targeted rural and remote communities to change people's perceptions about maritime safety and improve small craft safety practices. The activities will include a well planned media campaign and production of high quality information materials aimed at different audiences (e.g., children and adults). Specific small craft safety training activities and materials designed specifically for women will be designed with advice from the NMSA Women in Maritime Association.

Output 4: Efficient project management and capacity development provided. The project will help NMSA establish a project implementation unit (PIU) to implement and manage all activities funded by the project. The PIU will be staffed by NMSA personnel and new recruits if necessary [NMSA has a staff allocation of 125 persons, of which 65 positions are currently filled] and supplemented by consultants to support the PIU and to provide required expertise to produce outputs described above. The project will also undertake a range of capacity development initiatives for the personnel through coaching and on-the-job training, such as operating new safety and hydrographic information infrastructure in NMSA.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Safer and enhanced access to socioeconomic opportunities for communities in Papua New Guinea and regional and international stakeholders
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Environment for safe and economic shipping routes provided by NMSA
Progress Toward Outcome NMSA has since established a PIU and is staffed with 10 national officers including the Project Manager, an accountant, procurement person, economist, environmentalist and other support staff. A consulting firm Cardno was recruited as to provide support to the operations of the PMU in terms of capacity and know how to deliver the project. Help from consultants have been meet with contention and two personnel from the consulting firm have been replaced in Q3, 2017.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Replaced, installed and maintained navaids provided by NMSA

2. Improved safety information infrastructure provided by NMSA

3. Improved maritime safety practice of communities provided by NMSA

4. Efficient project management and capacity development

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

1. Ongoing, 2 contract are in the final stage of procurement, contract award expected in Q4 2017.

2. Ongoing, 2 contracts have been awarded, one contract expected to be awarded in October 2017 (Q4).

3. To be assessed later

4. Ongoing

Geographical Location 0, Alotau, Hirl, Kokopo, Madang, National Capital District, New Ireland, Northern, Northern Solomons, West New Britain, Wewak, abau, aitape, alotau, baimuru, esa'ala, kimbe, lae, losuia, madang, misima, rabaul, rai coast, rigo, samarai, tufi, vanimo
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects

Proposed navaid installations and rehabilitation works will not result in any significant adverse environmental impact. All potential environmental impacts can be adequately mitigated and managed, and will be monitored. An environmental assessment and

review framework has been prepared for the project and an initial environmental examination, incorporating an environmental management and monitoring plan, has been prepared for the two sites (covering up to eight installations). The assessment procedures comply with ADB's

Safeguard Policy Statement requirements. The project is classified category B for environment.

Involuntary Resettlement

The project is expected to involve minor land acquisition but is unlikely to have displacement impacts, as most subprojects will be undertaken

in the sea and within the existing locations. New installations are mainly sited in the sea, on rocky headlands, or on other uninhabited coastal or foreshore sites. If any subprojects or activities involve minor land acquisition and resettlement impacts, resettlement plans will be

prepared according to the project's resettlement framework. The project's involuntary resettlement classification is

category B.

Indigenous Peoples Melanesians are the indigenous people of PNG and comprise the vast majority of its population. Disadvantaged and vulnerable groups exist in all parts of the country but are not defined by their ethnicity or tribal affiliation; rather, by their geographic location, education, and access to services. The project covers a wide geographic spread, and is not expected to have adverse impacts on or target any particular group. While a separate indigenous peoples' planning framework and plan are not needed or appropriate for the project, all subprojects will be implemented in a culturally appropriate and participatory manner. The project will implement a stakeholder consultation and participation strategy and a community engagement program to mobilize local communities in providing security and monitoring of infrastructure. Agreements with communities regarding use of local customary land or foreshore for subprojects, if needed, will be included in the resettlement planning documents for relevant subprojects. The project's classification is category C on indigenous peoples.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Public consultation was undertaken at the central, provincial and community levels.
During Project Implementation A communication strategy and communication plan will be developed by PIU during the early implementation phase of the project.
Responsible ADB Officer Hill, David J.
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Papua New Guinea Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
National Maritime Safety Authority (NMSA)
[email protected]
P.O Box 668, Port Moresby,
National Capital District, Papua New Guinea
Concept Clearance 18 Jul 2012
Fact Finding 01 Aug 2012 to 17 Aug 2012
MRM 10 Sep 2012
Approval 18 Dec 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 28 Sep 2017

Loan 2978-PNG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
18 Dec 2012 29 Jan 2013 24 May 2013 30 Sep 2018 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 48.36 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 41.50 18 Dec 2012 11.06 0.00 29%
Counterpart 6.86 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 18 Dec 2012 4.64 0.00 12%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - Satisfactory - -

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Title Document Type Document Date
Solwara na Wara Sefti Projek: Projek Rekot Pepa Translated PDS Feb 2015
Loan Agreement (Special Operations) for Maritime and Waterways Safety Project Loan Agreement (Special Operations) Jan 2013
Project Agreement for Maritime and Waterways Safety Project Project/Program Agreements Jan 2013
Maritime and Waterways Safety Project Gender Action Plans Nov 2012
Maritime and Waterways Safety Project: Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Nov 2012
Maritime and Waterways Safety Project Project/Program Administration Manual Nov 2012
Maritime and Waterways Safety Project Reports and Recommendations of the President Nov 2012

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

None currently available.

Related Publications

None currently available.

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No tenders for this project were found.

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor Contractor Address Executing Agency Contract Description Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
MWSP Contract No-CSTB 3605: Package 1 Hydrographic Survey in Kulili Harbour Area Loan 2978 05 May 2017 Fugro Lads Corporation Pty Ltd 7 Valetta Roads, Kidman Park, South Australia,5025, Australia National Maritime Safety Authority (NMSA) Others 1778827 1778827
Contract No. MSWP/TP-CSTB 3539, Tide Gauge Installation Work and Maintenance for Buka, Manus and West Sepik Province Loan 2978 16 Jan 2017 Australian Maritime Systems Ltd. 655 Macarthur Avenue Central, Pinkenba Queensland 4008 Australia National Maritime Safety Authority (NMSA) Others 417128.82 417128.82

Procurement Plan