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Maldives: Kulhudhuffushi Harbor Expansion Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 36111-013 Status: Active

The Asian Development Bank is working with Republic of the Maldives to expand Kulhudhuffushi Harbor, a project expected to benefit the 8,000 people living on Kulhudhuffushi Island as well as 30,000 people living on nearby islands. The project will construct a dedicated passenger and cargo harbor that can cater to larger cargo vessels and accommodate a long-distance passenger service from the central and southern regions.

Project Details

Project Officer
Leung, Wilson South Asia Department Request for information
  • Maldives
  • Grant
  • Technical Assistance
  • Transport
Project Name Kulhudhuffushi Harbor Expansion Project
Project Number 36111-013
Country Maldives
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0489-MLD: Kulhudhuffushi Harbor Expansion Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 9.69 million
TA 9155-MLD: Sustainable Harbor Operation and Maintenance
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Water transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The project will construct a passenger and cargo harbor in Kulhudhuffushi Island, as an expansion to the existing multi-purpose harbor. For the investment in the harbor infrastructure to be effective and sustainable, a TA will be provided and attached to the project to enhance the institutional capacity of the operator in harbor operation, maintenance, safety and financial management. The TA is also designed to help promote income-generating livelihood opportunities for local communities in the region.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Maldives consists of 1,190 coral islands, formed by twenty natural atolls, scattered over 90,000 square kilometers of territory in the Indian Ocean making it one of the world's most dispersed country in the world. The country's total population is around 402,000 in 2014. Ninety-six percent of the population is distributed across 188 administrative islands, 123 of which are occupied by less than 1,000 people. These unique geographic and demographic characteristics pose major development challenges in the country in terms of infrastructure development as well as provision of basic social services and access to equitable economic opportunities.
Impact Access to services enhanced by 2020
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Inter-island connectivity in the northern region improved.
Progress Toward Outcome Civil works for harbor construction is still ongoing but near completion. Outputs of the projects are close to fully achieved pending physical completion of the project. As such, the project outcome will also likely to be achieved once the project is completed.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Harbor passenger and cargo capacity in Kulhudhuffushi increased.

Institutional capacity in harbor operation, maintenance, safety and financial management strengthened

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

Construction ongoing. Physical progress at 99% against planned of 100% including additional works per approved minor change in February and March 2020. Due to COVID 19 and unforeseeable weather condition in September, additional dredging is required and works may be completed in November 2020.

Institutional capacity activities on harbor operation, maintenance, safety and financial management were completed under the CDTA.

Geographical Location Kulhudhuffushi
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The project is category B for environment. Under the PPTA, the consultants have prepared an initial environmental examination, including an environmental management plan, for the project components.
Involuntary Resettlement The project is categorized as "C" per ADB Safeguard Policy Statement. Due diligence confirmed that there will be no IR impact. Project output will be limited to area that is currently uninhabited. The land is reclaimed land (2010) and is government owned and has been zoned for harbor expansion. There are no non-title holders on the land and there are no structures.
Indigenous Peoples The project is categorized as "C" per ADB Safeguard Policy Statement. Due diligence confirmed that there will be no impact on IPs. Project output will be limited to areas that are currently uninhabited.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Government of Maldives agencies, vessel owners and operators, passengers, residents, tourists, NGOs, business and community groups. Relevant groups will be meaningfully consulted. Workshops, community mobilization, and consultation conducted for discussion on the potential needs of the community, social-related issues such as gender, HIV/AIDs, human trafficking, child labor, environment and social safeguard issues. Active CSOs are present in the project area. During the detailed design stage, the consultant will consult with relevant communities.
During Project Implementation Social safeguards monitoring are being carried out. Grievance redressal mechanism is in place during project implementation.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services All consultants will be recruited according to ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time). A Project Management Consultant (PMC), with a total estimated person-months of 46 (11.5 international, 34.5 national), is required to facilitate the preparation of detailed design, project management and implementation. The PMC was engaged using the quality- and cost-based selection (QCBS) method with a standard quality- cost ratio of 90:10.
Procurement All procurement of goods and works will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2015, as amended from time to time). MHI and ADB have discussed the procurement packages and procedures, and understood that international competitive bidding procedures will be used for civil works contract estimated to cost $2 million or more. Shopping will be used for contracts for procurement of equipment worth less than $100,000.
Responsible ADB Officer Leung, Wilson
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance (formerly Ministry of Finance and Treasury)
[email protected]
Ameenee Magu, Block 379, Male', Republic
of Maldives
Concept Clearance 15 Dec 2014
Fact Finding 06 Mar 2016 to 13 Mar 2016
MRM 18 May 2016
Approval 16 Aug 2016
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 26 Nov 2020

Grant 0489-MLD

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
16 Aug 2016 05 Oct 2016 14 Feb 2017 30 Jun 2020 31 Dec 2020 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 10.44 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 9.69 16 Aug 2016 8.80 0.00 91%
Counterpart 0.75 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 16 Aug 2016 8.13 0.00 84%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory Satisfactory - - Satisfactory

TA 9155-MLD

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
16 Aug 2016 26 Sep 2016 26 Sep 2016 30 Jun 2018 31 Dec 2018 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 16 Aug 2016 456,845.29
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory Satisfactory - - Satisfactory

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Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Project Engineer Individual - Consulting Closed 30 Oct 2019 13 Nov 2019
Grant No. 0489-MLD: Kulhudhuffushi Harbor Expansion Project [H-01] REBIDDING Invitation for Bids Closed 15 Aug 2018 20 Sep 2018
Grant No. 0489-MLD: Kulhudhuffushi Harbor Expansion Project [H-01] Invitation for Bids Closed 13 Apr 2018 27 May 2018
MLD: Kulhudhuffushi Harbor Expansion Project Advance Notice Archived 02 Mar 2016

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor Contractor Address Executing Agency Contract Description Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 9155 04 Aug 2017 PADECO CO. LTD.(JAPAN) SHIN-ONARIMON BLDG., 6-17-19 SHINBASHI MINATO-KU, TOKYO 105-0004 JAPAN Ministry of Finance and Treasury 460,230.00

Procurement Plan