Pacific Resource Infrastructure Facility (PRIF)

Established in 2008 to provide technical assistance, research and knowledge products on key infrastructure issues to Pacific island countries

and as a coordination facility for the principal development partners in the region.

Transport - Maritime

PRIF RMI Shipping Baseline Data Report 2018

This project, Establishing Baseline Data to Support Sustainable Maritime Transport Services in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), is an initiative of the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF). It supports an ongoing German Government funded project managed by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Transitioning to Low Carbon Sea Transport, and all other subsequent initiatives by development agencies.


Establishing baseline data to support sustainable maritime transport services

Responding to the impact of climate change is high on the agenda of all Pacific island countries. Communities that live on low-lying atolls, like the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) are particularly vulnerable. RMI’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, is to reduce its 2010 greenhouse gas domestic transport emission levels by 16% by 2025, including efforts to reduce emissions from its shipping fleet.

Franchise Shipping, Marine Transport Services in the Pacific - Case Studies in Private Sector Participation

Marine transport services, such as cargo shipping and passenger transport, provide essential commercial linkages within and between Pacific island countries (PICs). These services are provided by state-owned enterprises and private companies, and in some cases with the support of a government subsidy. Subsidies are introduced when the cost of providing services on selected routes is higher than the tariffs collected from users.

Pohnpei Port Scoping Study

The Pohnpei port scoping study is an extensive assessment of the current operations, management and need for infrastructure expansion at the sea port as conceptualised by the Pohnpei State Government and the Pohnpei Ports Authority (PPA). In researching and evaluating the demand and drivers behind the proposed port expansion, the study provides a set of specific recommendations for a short and medium term improvement strategy that is designed to accommodate current and projected trade volumes.

Honiara Port Scoping Study, Solomon Islands

This Scoping Study involved a business, operational and infrastructure assessment of the Port of Honiara in the Solomon Islands and its managing authority: The Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA). The Study is designed to identify the need for short-, medium- and long-term improvements to the Port to enhance its performance and allow the Port to become more efficient and serve its customers better, both now and in the future.

Supporting Safe, Efficient and Sustainable Maritime Transport Systems

Supporting Safe, Efficient and Sustainable Maritime Transport Systems World Bank 2015. The purpose of this report is to identify and examine key maritime challenges.

These challenges are common across the Pacific Region and specific to Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu (henceforth, the “study countries”), identify gaps constraining the contribution of the maritime transport sector to development outcomes, and propose specific sustainable measures and action plans to strengthen port and maritime operations.

Nauru Port Pre-Feasibility Study

This Report presents the detailed assessment prepared by the Study Team for the Nauru Port Pre-Feasibility Study.

Although potential options to upgrade the port facilities at Nauru have been previously investigated by various development partners, no improvements at the port have been progressed in recent years and the state and operation of the existing port facility continues to present occupational health and safety issues, capacity limitations, and challenges to the import and export of goods and cargo.

Sustainable Maritime Transport in the Pacific Islands Region

This paper examines the use of sail assistance for shipping propulsion in Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs).

It considers the topic within the framework of sustainable supply chain management, within which the ships concerned must operate and conduct their functions. The paper is based on current developments and past research and experimentation, including the ADB-funded experiment in Fiji.

It also draws on the author’s experience in Pacific shipping, including recent experience in Tuvalu, examining that country’s maritime logistics.