Outer Island Maritime Infrastructure Project - Project Preparatory Technical Assistance (PPTA)

Location: Tuvalu; Australasia

​Cardno is assisting ADB and the Government of Tuvalu to improve Tuvalu’s outer islands maritime facilities by providing Project Preparatory Technical Assistance (PPTA) for the proposed Outer Island Maritime Infrastructure Project.

The Outer Island Maritime Infrastructure Project will:

  • rehabilitate and improve maritime infrastructure in selected outer islands of Tuvalu, some of which were damaged by Tropical Cyclone Pam in March 2015; and 
  • improve safety, efficiency and sustainability of maritime transportation between Funafuti, the capital, and the outer islands.

The Project will help Tuvalu overcome connectivity problems that constrain its economic and social development. The challenge results from Tuvalu’s dispersed geography: 

  • a small country – 26km2 land area, comprising nine islands and stretching over 680km; 
  • small and dispersed population – 10,800 as of 2012, with less than 1,600 people on each of the outer islands; and 
  • decreasing outer island population.

PPTA will prepare the Project to achieve its objective and enhance capacity of relevant government agencies. The investment will result in rehabilitation and improvement to infrastructure in the outer islands, and provide support to increase the capacity of the Ministry of Communication and Transport’s Department of Marine and Port Services to operate and maintain the rehabilitated facilities.