Vanuatu: Interisland Shipping Support Project (Second Additional Financing)

Sovereign Project | 42392-015

The Vanuatu Interisland Shipping Support Project (VISSP) was approved as Loan 2820/Grant 0273-VAN on 30-Nov-11. The project is co-financed by the Government of New Zealand. The safeguards categorizations of the original project are B for environment and C for involuntary resettlement and indigenous people. The project has been under implementation since 2012 and regular review missions have been conducted and semi-annual monitoring reports have been regularly received and disclosed.

Component 1 of VISSP - construction and rehabilitation of domestic wharves and jetties in Vanuatu - originally comprised seven subprojects (Figure 1) including:

a. South Paray domestic wharf and channel construction

b. Simonsen wharf rehabilitation

c. Lenakel wharf rehabilitation

d. Litzlitz wharf rehabilitation

e. Lolowai jetty construction

f. Loltong jetty construction

g. Port Sandwich jetty construction

Project Details

Project Name Interisland Shipping Support Project (Second Additional Financing)
Project Number 42392-015
Country Vanuatu
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant: Interisland Shipping Support Project (Second Additional Financing)
Asian Development Fund US$ 5.00 million
Loan: Interisland Shipping Support Project (Second Additional Financing)
Concessional ordinary capital resources lending US$ 35.61 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

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

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

The Vanuatu Interisland Shipping Support Project (VISSP) was approved as Loan 2820/Grant 0273-VAN on 30-Nov-11. The project is co-financed by the Government of New Zealand. The safeguards categorizations of the original project are B for environment and C for involuntary resettlement and indigenous people. The project has been under implementation since 2012 and regular review missions have been conducted and semi-annual monitoring reports have been regularly received and disclosed.

Component 1 of VISSP - construction and rehabilitation of domestic wharves and jetties in Vanuatu - originally comprised seven subprojects (Figure 1) including:

a. South Paray domestic wharf and channel construction

b. Simonsen wharf rehabilitation

c. Lenakel wharf rehabilitation

d. Litzlitz wharf rehabilitation

e. Lolowai jetty construction

f. Loltong jetty construction

g. Port Sandwich jetty construction

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Inadequate designs and project management by the previous consultant resulted in construction delays for South Paray, and Outer Islands (b-g) to the extent that the construction could not proceed as originally planned. The original consultant's contract was terminated by Government of Vanuatu (the government) and construction works at South Paray Wharf was suspended in November 2017 at which time the construction of South Paray was 70% complete. South Paray channel construction was completed in February 2017. Very little design work and no construction had commenced in respect of the other subprojects b-g.

Following the government review of the project status in 2018, Lolowai and Loltong subprojects were removed from the VISSP project and redesign for South Paray, Lenakel, Litzlitz, Simonsen, and Port Sandwich commenced. The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFAT) is funding the redesign of South Paray, Lenakel and Liztlitz wharves and ADB is funding the independent design review and construction of these subprojects. ADB is funding both the redesign (including independent design review) and construction of Simonsen and Port Sandwich wharves.

This second additional financing to the project will cover the reconstruction and rehabilitation for the wharves at Simonsen and Port Sandwich.

Impact People's access to socioeconomic opportunities improved (Vanuatu 2030: The People's Plan)
Outcome Reliable, safe, and adequately frequent interisland shipping services provided by private sector operators
Outputs

Maritime infrastructure provided in the capital and rural areas improved

Shipping support and coordination schemes established

Efficient and effective project implementation services ensured

The Office of Maritime Regulator established

Geographical Location Nation-wide
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
Responsible ADB Officer Haider, Syed Hussain
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division PATC
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance & Economic Management
Director General
P.M.B. 058 Port Vila Vanuatu
Timetable
Concept Clearance 16 Apr 2021
Fact Finding 19 Apr 2021 to 28 Apr 2021
MRM 18 Mar 2022
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 04 May 2021

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