49461-001: Strengthening Solomon Islands' Maritime Safety and Establishing the Solomon Islands Maritime Safety Authority | Asian Development Bank

Solomon Islands: Strengthening Solomon Islands' Maritime Safety and Establishing the Solomon Islands Maritime Safety Authority

Sovereign (Public) Project | 49461-001 Status: Active

The Solomon Islands Maritime Safety Administration (SIMSA) needs further technical assistance (TA) to enable it to become an entity that is capable of addressing the changing environment in the international maritime community. The proposed TA will assess current organizational structure, job description, functionalities and recommend an appropriate restructuring model for SIMSA. It will introduce new divisions and job functions as suitable to meet administrative, safety and security, aids to navigation, hydrography, marine search and rescue and environmental obligations as required by IMO and UNCLOS and other international maritime conventions and organisations where Solomon Islands is a signatory. The proposed TA will recommend and provide an intensive training program for the restructured SIMSA staff to better educate on the reforms and enhance ownership and long term implementation of the reforms in line with international standards.

Project Details

Project Officer
Tozaka, Dalcy Lagoni Pacific Department Request for information
Country
  • Solomon Islands
Modality
  • Technical Assistance
Sector
  • Transport
 
Project Name Strengthening Solomon Islands' Maritime Safety and Establishing the Solomon Islands Maritime Safety Authority
Project Number 49461-001
Country Solomon Islands
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9127-SOL: Strengthening the Solomon Islands' Maritime Safety and Establishing the Solomon Islands Maritime Safety Authority
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 800,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Water transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The Solomon Islands Maritime Safety Administration (SIMSA) needs further technical assistance (TA) to enable it to become an entity that is capable of addressing the changing environment in the international maritime community. The proposed TA will assess current organizational structure, job description, functionalities and recommend an appropriate restructuring model for SIMSA. It will introduce new divisions and job functions as suitable to meet administrative, safety and security, aids to navigation, hydrography, marine search and rescue and environmental obligations as required by IMO and UNCLOS and other international maritime conventions and organisations where Solomon Islands is a signatory. The proposed TA will recommend and provide an intensive training program for the restructured SIMSA staff to better educate on the reforms and enhance ownership and long term implementation of the reforms in line with international standards. Relevant training programs will be proposed for ship owners and stakeholders to improve awareness on the requirements in the international maritime community and need to align with reforms in SIMSA.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The proposed TA will assist SIMSA to prepare for the compulsory IMO member state audit scheme being implemented by the IMO. The IMO will undertake compulsory audit of the maritime administrations of the member countries to assess how well their Governments are implementing their obligations under the maritime conventions to which they have acceded. The Solomon Islands is programmed to be audited in July 2019.
Impact Safe shipping and clean seas in Solomon Islands aligned with the National Transport Plan 2011-2030
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Sustainable, efficient, and internationally certified maritime safety authority in Solomon Islands is established
Progress Toward Outcome Solomon Islands National Maritime Transport Policy was finalized in December 2016. The Policy included list of reforms for the new authority to meet the International Maritime Organization Audit requirements. The Drafting Instructions was completed end of February 2017. Consultations with key stakeholders also completed. The Draft SIMA Bill was completed first week of September 2017. The Minister for Infrastructure and Development plan to seek cabinet approval to table the draft Bill to the Bills and Legislation committee in parliament.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

SIMSA restructured into an independent regulatory authority

Compliance with international maritime laws and standards increased

Capacity of SIMSA strengthened

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

1. Consultants' mobilized between late-September and early-October 2016;

2. Mid-December 2016, consultants delivered timely work output in developing the:

i. National Maritime Transport Policy

ii. Staffing plan for the new proposed authority;

iii. Financial analysis of the proposed authority's business model;

iv. Development plan for the Information Technology & Communication section, introduction of modern maritime technology and creation of the SIMSA website; and

v. Development plan for the new Marine Environmental Protection section.

3. Mid- February 2017, legal consultant delivered Drafting Instructions for the Maritime Authority Bill.

4. Government approved cabinet minute to transform Solomon Islands Maritime Safety Administration into a Solomon Islands Maritime Authority on 15 April 2017.

5. Draft Bill completed. Cabinet approval required before it is tabled to the Bills and Legislation committee in Parliament.

Geographical Location Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultation with the government, current SIMSA officials, shipping operators, and other stakeholders.
During Project Implementation Consultations with key private sectors including shipping operators, and government authorities took place after the completion of the Drafting Instructions end of February 2017.
Responsible ADB Officer Tozaka, Dalcy Lagoni
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney, Australia
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Infrastructure Development
PO Box 1213
Honiara, Solomon Islands
Timetable
Concept Clearance 11 May 2016
Fact Finding 22 Feb 2016 to 29 Feb 2016
MRM -
Approval 29 Jun 2016
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 26 Sep 2017

TA 9127-SOL

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
29 Jun 2016 21 Jul 2016 21 Jul 2016 31 Jul 2019 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
800,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 800,000.00 29 Jun 2016 546,341.84

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