Tuvalu: Strengthening Domestic Shipping Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 54463-001

The project is designed to improve domestic and regional maritime transport connectivity by providing a new passenger/cargo ship to replace Manu Folau and upgrading safety of navigation in the outer islands and strengthen capacity in vessel operations, coordination and maintenance.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Gonzalez Jimenez, Juan Francisco
    Pacific Department
    Request for information
  • Country
    Tuvalu
  • Sector
    • Transport
Project Name Strengthening Domestic Shipping Project
Project Number 54463-001
Country Tuvalu
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant: Strengthening Domestic Shipping Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 25.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Rural market infrastructure

Transport / Water transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The project is designed to improve domestic and regional maritime transport connectivity by providing a new passenger/cargo ship to replace Manu Folau and upgrading safety of navigation in the outer islands and strengthen capacity in vessel operations, coordination and maintenance.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Tuvalu is categorized as a fragile and conflict-affected situation and is one of the smallest and most remote ADB member countries. The country is home to 11,646 people. Given its small land mass, archipelagic nature, and dispersed geography of distant atolls and the distance between them and key markets, the country's economy and people primarily rely on the sea and maritime transport to access goods and essential social services. The only means of transport between Funafuti (the capital) and the outer islands is by sea. The nearest island is 64 nautical miles, and furthest 247 nautical miles from Funafuti. Such distances are significant in terms of the type of vessels needed to operate safely in the open ocean sea conditions that prevail in these latitudes, the duration of voyages (up to several days), and operating costs (crew wages, fuel, and maintenance).
Impact Safe and efficient maritime transportation that helps increase climate resilience promoted.
Outcome Connectivity of Tuvalu's outer islands and near regional locations improved
Outputs

Existing passenger and cargo ship replaced

Safety of navigation in outer islands improved

Operation and maintenance capacity strengthened

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 Gonzalez Jimenez, Juan Francisco
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division PATC
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance
Vaiaku, Funafuti, Tuvalu
Timetable
Concept Clearance 02 Mar 2021
Fact Finding 04 Oct 2021 to 08 Oct 2021
MRM 03 Dec 2021
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 10 Mar 2021

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Title Document Type Document Date
Strengthening Domestic Shipping Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Mar 2021

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