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 Name||Strengthening Solomon Islands' Maritime Safety and Establishing the Solomon Islands Maritime Safety Authority|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
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|
|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 finalized in September 2017 and the Bill was approved by parliament on August 2018.|
|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. The consultants were mobilized between late-September and early-October 2016;
2. In December 2016 the consultants delivered 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. In February 2017 the legal consultant delivered Drafting Instructions for the Maritime Authority Bill.
4. The Solomon Islands Government cabinet approved drafting of a new bill to transform Solomon Islands Maritime Safety Administration into a Solomon Islands Maritime Authority on 15 April 2017.
6. The Draft Bill was tabled to parliament on July 2018 and parliament approved the new bill in August 2018.
7. Consultants were remobilized in February 2019 to commence restructuring SIMSA into an independent regulatory authority. This included interviewing new board management positions and holding discussions with government about opening of a new banking account and the transition of staff from SIMSA to the new authority. Training for staff was also organized by the consultants.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||Consultations were undertaken with the government, SIMSA officials, shipping operators, and other stakeholders when designing the TA.|
|During Project Implementation||
Consultations with key private sectors including shipping operators, and government authorities were undertaken throughout the drafting of the Solomon Islands National Maritime Transport Policy and the new legislation.
Consultants also organized SIMSA staff workshops to explain the concept of the reform.
|Responsible ADB Officer||Tozaka, Dalcy Lagoni|
|Responsible ADB Department||Pacific Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney, Australia|
Ministry of Infrastructure Development
PO Box 1213
Honiara, Solomon Islands
|Concept Clearance||11 May 2016|
|Fact Finding||22 Feb 2016 to 29 Feb 2016|
|Approval||29 Jun 2016|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||20 Mar 2019|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|29 Jun 2016||21 Jul 2016||21 Jul 2016||31 Jul 2019||-||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|800,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||800,000.00||29 Jun 2016||646,556.02|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Strengthening Solomon Islands' Maritime Safety and Establishing the Solomon Islands Maritime Safety Authority: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Jun 2016|
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