Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 15 Nov 2006
PDS Updated as of 28 Jan 2015

Project Name Maritime Training Project (supplementary loan)
Country Tuvalu
Project/Program Number 32407-023
Status Closed
Geographical Location Amatuku Islet, Funafuti atoll, Tuvalu
In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.
Sector Education
Subsector Technical and vocational education and training
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth (IEG)
Drivers of Change
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Loan2088Asian Development Fund1,970
Counterpart 50
TOTAL US$ 2,020

Safeguard Categories

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Environment B

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
This initial environmental examination has determined that the proposed upgrading of TMTI and extension of shipping services offices can be constructed and operated with no significant negative environmental and social impacts, and that environmental and social benefits should result from proper operation of the facilities. This Project can be classified as Category B (relatively small scale), not requiring an environmental impact assessment. Subject to the implementation of specified mitigation measures, the Project should be able to proceed without any significant negative effects.
Involuntary Resettlement
No resettlement issues
Indigenous Peoples
No issues

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

Wide stakeholder consultations were carried out in the preparation of the Project. Tuvalu Overseas Seamen's Union, the Marine Department, Seafarer Agencies, and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community Marine Department were all consulted extensively. The Ministry of Education and Sports and staff at TMTI were directly involved in the Project design.

During Project Design
Stakeholder consultations held during design of the original TMTI Loan 1921-TUV .
During Project Implementation
Ongoing stakeholder consultations maintained during during project implementation towards reaching project completion.


The objective is to upgrade the structures and training facilities of TMTI, to meet IMO training requirements and thereby remain on the IMO White List, ensuring that Tuvaluan seafarers will continue to be employed on foreign vessels. This objective will contribute significantly to the goal of poverty reduction on the outer islands of Tuvalu and improve the education and skills of Tuvaluan seafarers. The scope of the Project includes rehabilitating and extending training facilities at TMTI; upgrading the wharf facilities; improving and increasing staff accommodation; improving water, power, and communication services; and procuring specialized training equipment.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The general framework for ADB's country strategy for Tuvalu is spelled out in the Pacific Strategy (A Pacific Strategy for the New Millenium, 2000). It focuses on five broad strategic objectives by supporting (i) economic management, governance, and public sector reform, (ii) private sector development, (iii) promotion of a more active role for women in social, economic, and political spheres, (iv) sustainable environmental management, and (v) poverty reduction. The strategy aims to foster equitable growth through the Three Pillars of Growth of the ADB s Poverty Strategy: good governance, inclusive social development, and pro-poor economic growth. The medium-term development strategy (MTDS) for 1995-1998, with its amendment Tuvalu Vision 2015, was the basic Government strategy document, pending the formulation of a new MTDS. Of the five priority programs in the MTDS (i) public sector reforms, (ii) improvement of economic infrastructure, especially interisland shipping and telecommunication, (iii) Education For Life aimed at raising standards of education and training, (iv) encouragement of export-oriented business investment (while encouraging overseas employment), and (v) upgrading of human settlement, the first four area were reiterated in the State of the Nation Address in February 2002, and emphasis on greater self-reliance for the outer islands and reduction of poverty were included as Government's priorities.

Development Impact

To contribute to the sustained livelihood and well-being of the outer island communities where primarily the old, the very young, and women live

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
To ensure that Tuvalu Maritime Training Institute (TMTI) and Marine Department meets the standards and requirements of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in order to continue to provide basic training and more specialized refresher and upgrade courses to young trainees and active seafarers
Progress Towards Outcome
The project has been physically completed to assist TMTI to maintain its IMO recognition.

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Infrastructure Upgrade a. Wharf extension, new staff houses, renovation of existing staff houses, rehabilitation of training facilities, extension of trainees accommodation b. Specialized training equipment e.g., fire fighting and navigation c. Increased water catchment and storage capacity d. Improved telecommunication
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
All works under the project and the associated Technical assistance has been delivered. The physical works under the loan were completed in March 2010. The loan account is now financially closed
Status of Development Objectives
Status of Operation / Construction
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2006 Nov 15
Consulting Services
Approximately 7 person-months of international consulting services were required for the project management unit and were estimated at US$177,000. Approximately 1.5 additional person-months of consulting services will be required to cover the extended period of construction supervision and necessary changes to some of the designs.
Goods and services financed by ADB under the Project will be procured in accordance with ADB's Guidelines for Procurement. The civil works have been tendered under international competitive bidding. Materials and equipment valued below $50,000 will be procured under direct purchase procedures. Funds from the supplementary loan will be used to finance part of the shortfall of the civil works contract. The received bids from the shortlisted firms for this ICB were all more than 100% above the appraisal estimates. The civil works contract will be offered for partial award to the lowest substantive responsive bidder for negotiations.
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance
Fact-finding 08 Mar 2004 to 21 Mar 2004
Management Review Meeting 16 Jun 2004
Approval 03 Aug 2004


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 2088 03 Aug 2004 13 Aug 2004 13 Jan 2005 30 Jun 2006 31 Mar 2010 25 May 2011


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
13 Feb 2016 Loan 2088 2,019 0 99.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
13 Feb 2016 Loan 2088 2,046 0 100.00%

Status of Covenants

Covenants are categorized under the following categories—audited accounts, safeguards, social, sector, financial, economic, and others. Covenant compliance is rated by category by applying the following criteria: (i) Satisfactory—all covenants in the category are being complied with, with a maximum of one exception allowed, (ii) Partly Satisfactory—a maximum of two covenants in the category are not being complied with, (iii) Unsatisfactory—three or more covenants in the category are not being complied with. As per the 2011 Public Communications Policy, covenant compliance ratings for Project Financial Statements apply only to projects whose invitation for negotiation falls after 2 April 2012.

Approval No. Category
Sector Social Financial Economic Others Safeguards Project Financial Statements
Loan 2088 Satisfactory Unsatisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Alain Goffeau (
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Pacific Subregional Office in Suva, Fiji
Executing Agencies Ministry of Education and Sports
Minute Taupo


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