Tuvalu: Strengthening Domestic Shipping Project

Sovereign Project | 54463-001

The project will replace the existing passenger and cargo ship Manu Folau, which is in an unserviceable state, with a reliable and safe ship. It will (i) help ensure safe and efficient transfer of people and goods; (ii) promote economic development, including through increased intraregional cross-border trade; and (iii) improve people's livelihoods in the outer islands of Tuvalu, its capital and neighboring countries (Fiji and Kiribati). The project will also rehabilitate port auxiliary infrastructure (fenders) and build the operations and maintenance capacity of the Ministry of Transport, Energy and Tourism (MTET) to ensure the investment sustainability.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Gonzalez Jimenez, Juan Francisco
    Pacific Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Tuvalu
  • Sector
    • Transport
Project Name Strengthening Domestic Shipping Project
Project Number 54463-001
Country / Economy Tuvalu
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant: Strengthening Domestic Shipping Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 35.00 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 Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The project will replace the existing passenger and cargo ship Manu Folau, which is in an unserviceable state, with a reliable and safe ship. It will (i) help ensure safe and efficient transfer of people and goods; (ii) promote economic development, including through increased intraregional cross-border trade; and (iii) improve people's livelihoods in the outer islands of Tuvalu, its capital and neighboring countries (Fiji and Kiribati). The project will also rehabilitate port auxiliary infrastructure (fenders) and build the operations and maintenance capacity of the Ministry of Transport, Energy and Tourism (MTET) to ensure the investment sustainability.
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 Asian Development Bank (ADB) member countries. The country is home to 11,673 people. Tuvalu is more than 1,100 kilometers from Fiji. About 60% of the population is based in Funafuti (the capital), with the remainder spread among eight outer islands. 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 trade and access goods and essential services.

The only means of transport between Funafuti and the outer islands is by sea. The nearest island is 64 nautical miles, and farthest is 247 nautical miles from Funafuti. Such distances are significant in terms of the type of ships needed to operate safely in the open ocean conditions that prevail in these latitudes, with long duration of voyages (up to several days) and high operating costs. The impacts of climate change affect ship operations from an adaptation perspective, with sea level rise resulting in a limited ability of passengers and cargo to access the ship; and from a mitigation angle given the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through lower ship emissions. Disasters triggered by natural hazards also affect shipping safety with hostile conditions (high winds and large waves) causing safety issues for passengers and maritime structures.

Impact Safe and efficient maritime transportation that helps increase climate and disaster resilience promoted.
Outcome Connectivity of Tuvalu's outer islands and intraregional locations improved
Outputs

Existing passenger and cargo ship replaced

Port auxiliary infrastructure (fenders) rehabilitated

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 14 Mar 2022 to 16 Mar 2022
MRM 31 May 2022
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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