37265-013: Domestic Maritime Transport Project | Asian Development Bank

Maldives: Domestic Maritime Transport Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 37265-013 Status: Closed

The Asian Development Bank is working with the Maldives to improve the main commercial harbor, the gateway for the country's imports and exports. The project is building a 101-meter concrete wharf for vessels to unload directly to shore, installing cargo-handling equipment and port service craft.

Project Details

Project Officer
Chiang, Alexandra Pamela South Asia Department Request for information
  • Maldives
  • Loan
  • Transport
Project Name Domestic Maritime Transport Project
Project Number 37265-013
Country Maldives
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2327-MLD: Domestic Maritime Transport Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 5.33 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Water transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The Project will assist in ensuring sustained equitable and regionally balanced economic growth through infrastructure improvements to Male North Harbor supported by institutional and capacity building initiatives in the domestic maritime transport sector. The expanded capacity of Male North Harbor will reduce transport cost; facilitate inter-island trade; and provide enhanced access to market opportunities for outer atoll population.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Male North Harbor is the main hub for inter-island transport. As in other small island economies, the Maldives has a narrow economic base and relies heavily on imports. 40% of total imports are redistributed to outer islands for domestic consumption; 90% of this domestic interchange occurs via Male North Harbor. In addition, Male North Harbor receives 90% of cargo and passengers from outer atolls who visit the capital for access to advanced educational and health services. Congestion in Male North Harbor currently results in extended delays for cargo and passenger vessels. Improvements to the existing facilities are the highest ranked infrastructure investment proposal in the Government's draft Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP). The construction of an additional quay area of 290 m will aide congestion for quay space and on the feeder road. Together with the Institutional Development and Capacity Building component which includes support to (i) introduction of harbor usage charges; and (ii) harbor management initiatives, the investment will increase the sustainability and operational efficiency of Male North Harbor and through distribution of benefits to the outer atoll population, support core Government objectives.

The current maritime transport infrastructure facilities and services provide only limited access to economic opportunities and social services for the population of outer islands. An integrated, efficient transport network that systematically links Male, regional centers and outer islands will be key to ensuring the equitable distribution of socioeconomic growth. ADB Country Partnership Strategy for Maldives (2007-2011) approved in September 2007.

Impact Sustained equitable and regionally balanced economic growth within the Maldives
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

(i) Improved services of Male North Harbor

(ii) Alignment of MTC's organizational structure with its mandate

Progress Toward Outcome The official opening of the Male North Harbor under the management of Maldives Ports Limited (MPL) is estimated to be around May 2011.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

(i) Capacity of Male North Harbor enhanced

(ii) Institutional Capacity of MTC and MCPI upgraded

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

Contractor completed construction works by 31 December 2010.

Maldives Ports Limited (MPL) will be contracted for the operation and management of the Male North Harbor.

Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The Project will require 50.5 international person-month and 33 national person-months of consulting services. The consultants will be engaged by the Government using ADB's Quality and Cost-Based Selection method, based on bio-data technical proposals for the Infrastructure Investment Consulting component and simplified technical proposals for the Institutional Development and Capacity Building component. All consulting selection will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants by Asian Development Bank and its Borrowers (2006, as amended from time to time).
Procurement Goods, works and related servicees to be financed out of the proposed loan will be procured according to ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2006, as amended from time to time). All contracts will be procured through international competitive bidding (ICB).
Responsible ADB Officer Chiang, Alexandra Pamela
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance and Treasury
Mr. Hamdhee Ageel
[email protected]
Ministry of Finance and Treasury
Concept Clearance 29 Aug 2005
Fact Finding 19 Nov 2006 to 30 Nov 2006
MRM 12 Jan 2007
Approval 24 Apr 2007
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 01 Mar 2006
Last PDS Update 18 Apr 2011

Loan 2327-MLD

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
24 Apr 2007 29 Aug 2007 23 Oct 2007 31 Dec 2009 31 Dec 2010 16 Mar 2012
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 6.65 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 5.33 24 Apr 2007 5.03 0.00 99%
Counterpart 1.32 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 24 Apr 2007 5.06 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Unsatisfactory - - - Satisfactory

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Title Document Type Document Date
Domestic Maritime Transport Project Project/Program Completion Reports Oct 2013
Loan for Domestic Maritime Transport Project Project/Program Administration Manual Jan 2008
Loan Agreement for the Domestic Maritime Transport Project between The Republic of Maldives and Asian Development Bank dated 29 August 2007 Loan Agreement (Special Operations) Aug 2007
Domestic Maritime Transport Project Reports and Recommendations of the President Mar 2007
Proposed Loan Domestic Maritime Transport Project Procurement Plans Feb 2007
Domestic Maritime Transport Project Design and Monitoring Frameworks Jan 2007

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

Title Document Type Document Date
Maldives: Domestic Maritime Transport Project Validations of Project Completion Reports Dec 2014

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Procurement Plan

Title Document Type Document Date
Proposed Loan Domestic Maritime Transport Project Procurement Plans Feb 2007