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 Name||Maritime and Waterways Safety Project|
|Country||Papua New Guinea
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Loan
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|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|
|Description of Outcome||Environment for safe and economic shipping routes provided by NMSA|
|Progress Toward Outcome||-Bimonthly meetings/consultations to discuss way forward-Capacity building and Trainings -ADB Loan Accounting and Servicing workshop conducted in April 2018 -Procurement training conducted by ADB consultant in May 2018. -Safeguards Training conducted by ADB in June 2018|
|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. NMSA will replace 99 existing navaids and install 33 additional navaids. Navaids package 1 now with State Solicitor office for clearance before it goes to NEC (>10 million PGK ) for approval. NavAids package 2 cleared by CSTB to award and now awaiting signing. Bid opening for NavAids package 3 is on 27 Sept 2018. We expect contract awards and mobilization disbursements by quarter 1, 2019.
2. ALB survey work is complete, vessel survey work is 92% complete, data processing is in progress. 85% of Tide gauges completed with data communication and training still outstanding. Expected to be completed before Nov 2018.
3.Ongoing. PMU produced and launched the SAR Boat and Safety at Sea Booklet in August 2018 which provided maritime safety awareness activities among the general public and in targeted rural and remote communities. PMU is working on developing other awareness/practices that can be rolled out during construction of NavAids.
4.PMU already established and consultants already on board. On going capacity development with ADB provided trainings which includes:-ADB Loan Accounting and Servicing workshop conducted in April 2018 -Procurement training conducted by ADB consultant in May 2018. -Safeguards Training conducted by ADB in June 2018
|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|
|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 are small and can be adequately mitigated, managed and monitored during implementation. An Environmental Assessment and Review Framework (EARF) has been prepared for the project and Pre-Installation Assessment Report (PIAR) in place of Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) were prepared for Navaids package 1, 2 and 3 covering 104 sites, incorporating environmental management and monitoring plans. The assessment procedures, monitoring and disclosure of reports has complied with requirements in ADBs Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS) and Public Communication Policy (PCP). The project is classified category B for environment|
|Involuntary Resettlement||The project is expected to involve minor land acquisition of not more than 10-meter by 10-meter (0.01Ha) per naivaid site but is unlikely to have displacement impacts. Most Navaids will be installed in the sea and within the 39 existing locations and 65 new locations. Almost 96% of leases been prepared for the new sites with light house committees formed. New installations are mainly on sites located in the sea, on rocky headlands, or on other uninhabited coastal or foreshore sites with minimum resettlement impacts. Resettlement Framework (RF) and Resettlement Plans (RP) are prepared for this project. The projects 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 their customary land or foreshore for subprojects, if needed, will be included in the resettlement planning documents for relevant subprojects. The projects classification is category C on indigenous people.|
|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 has been developed and rolled out by PIU during the early implementation phase of the project.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||ADB Disclosure|
|Responsible ADB Department||Pacific Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Papua New Guinea Resident Mission|
National Maritime Safety Authority (NMSA)
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 2018|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|18 Dec 2012||29 Jan 2013||24 May 2013||30 Sep 2018||30 Sep 2020||-|
|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||14.86||0.00||40%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||18 Dec 2012||9.87||0.00||26%|
|Status of Covenants|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Solwara na Wara Sefti Projek: Projek Rekot Pepa||Translated PDS||Feb 2015|
|Project Agreement for Maritime and Waterways Safety Project||Project/Program Agreements||Jan 2013|
|Loan Agreement (Special Operations) for Maritime and Waterways Safety Project||Loan Agreement (Special Operations)||Jan 2013|
|Maritime and Waterways Safety Project||Reports and Recommendations of the President||Nov 2012|
|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|
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
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ADB to Help Papua New Guinea Improve Maritime Safety and EfficiencyADB and Government of Papua New Guinea signed a loan worth $41.5m to fund the Maritime and Waterways Safety Project which will help improve navigational aids, allowing ships to travel more safely through PNG’s unchartered waters.
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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|Loan No. 2978-PNG: Maritime and Waterways Safety Project [MWSP/AIS-01 CSTB 3834]||Invitation for Bids||Closed||13 Dec 2018||31 Jan 2019|
|Loan No. 2978-PNG: Maritime and Waterways Safety Project [Package 3]||Invitation for Bids||Closed||09 Aug 2018||27 Sep 2018|
|Contract Title||Approval Number||Contract Date||Contractor||Contractor Address||Executing Agency||Contract Description||Total Contract Amount (US$)||Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)|
|NAVAIDS REPLACEMENT & INSTALLATION WORK (NEW GUINEA ISLAND PROVINCES-PACKAGE 2)||Loan 2978||22 Oct 2018||JV AUSTRALIA MARITIME SYSTEMS GROUP PTY LTD &||655 MCARTHUR AVENUE CENTRAL, PINKENBA QUEENSLAND 4008 AUSTRALIA||National Maritime Safety Authority (NMSA)||CONSTRUCTION||2,762,388.00||2,762,388.00|
|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||1,778,827.00||1,778,827.00|
|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||417,128.82||417,128.82|
|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Maritime and Waterways Safety Project: Procurement Plan||Procurement Plans||Nov 2012|