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Interisland Shipping Support Project :  Vanuatu

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Loan Name Interisland Shipping Support Project
Country Vanuatu
Loan Number 2820
Project Number 42392- 01
Source of Funding/Amount[Approved]
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$500,000
A.T.F. - New Zealand T.A. Grant US$1.00  million
New Zealand Grant US$12.60  million
Asian Development Fund US$10.82  million
Thematic Classification Economic growth
Environmental Sustainability
Private Sector Development
Sector/Subsector Transport and ICT / Water Transport
Gender Mainstreaming Category Effective gender mainstreaming
Project Outcome
Outcome Progress Toward Outcome
The TA has been extended to complete by September 2016. The Council of Minister have approved for the establishment of Maritime Safety Regulator to operate under an Independent Port Regulator. The Port Regulatory Reform is being carried out by the assistance of World Bank. The change from a Maritime Safety Administration of Maritime Safety Regulator has been approved by ADB on 28 March 2014. The TA progress is satisfactory.
Implementation Progress
Outputs Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities and Issues)
Geotechnical investigations completed and detailed engineering almost complete . Invitation For Bid is scheduled for 3 December 2015 and bid close on 11 February 2015.
Shipping services to Tafea Province started from August 2014. The shipping services to Toress Province is to commence from 9 December 2014.
Shipping Coordinator Scheme has been slightly modified to shipping administrator scheme. This scheme is in place and operational.
Shipping Adminisrator and Shipping Support Unit are undertaking the tasks.
Contract awarded for two out of five SSS. 40% of national staff in PIU are women.
Draft Bill being drafted and is scheduled for enactment in early 2015
Funds to be included in 2015 budget. A workshop was held and budget for 2015-16 was presented by consultant to the government.
Geographical Location Vanuatu
Safeguard Categories Safeguard Categories explained (Launches new browser window)
  Environment B
  Resettlement C
  Indigenous People C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects Environment, involuntary resettlement, and indigenous peoples were all assessed in accordance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009). Civil works as proposed will not result in any significant adverse environmental impact, and all potential environmental impacts can be adequately mitigated and monitored. An initial environmental examination (IEE) incorporating an environmental management and monitoring plan has been prepared for each of the sites. The Governments assessment procedure is compatible with the environmental impact assessment requirements of ADB.
Involuntary Resettlement The Project is not expected to require involuntary resettlement or involuntary land acquisition, as nearly all works will be undertaken at the same locations as existing facilities, or for new works in sites where the minimal land required has been documented to be owned by the Government. It is possible that minor voluntary land acquisition may be required at one or two sites. If land acquisition is required, the Government will inform ADB and prepare a resettlement plan according to relevant laws and regulations. A Resettlement Framework has been prepared.
Indigenous People The Project is not expected to have a negative impact on indigenous peoples that would trigger ADBs Policy on Indigenous Peoples (1998).
Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation
During Project Design Stakeholders in project implementation include MFEM; MIPU and its departments of maritime affairs, ports and harbors, and public works; other government departments concerned with rural development; transport services users, including passengers and freight shippers; the private sector; the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (NZMFAT); ADB; and other development partners.

The MFEM established Vanuatu Project Management Unit (VPMU) as a dedicated unit for managing significant projects, responsible for day-to-day project implementation. The government formed a project steering committee to oversee and monitor project implementation, including policy guidance and coordination, technical design and tendering, progress reports, and audited accounts.

A partner harmonization framework will guide coordination between ADB and NZMFAT.
Responsible ADB Officer Rishi Ram Adhar
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport, Energy and Natural Resources Division, PARD
Concept Clearance 30 Mar 2010
Fact-finding 19 Apr 2010 to 28 Apr 2010
Board Approval 30 Nov 2011
Loan No. Approval Signing Effectivity Original Revised Actual
2820-VAN 30 Nov 11 - - 31 Dec 16 - -

Financing Plan Top Loan Utilization
  TOTAL ( Amount in US$ million)
Project Cost 10.82
ADB 10.82
Counterpart 0.00
Cofinancing 0.00
Date ADB OTHERS Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
04 Mar 2015 0.063 1%
Cumulative Disbursements
04 Mar 2015 0.033 0%
Top Status of Covenants
Category Sector Social Financial Economic Others Safe
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory
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