23 May 2012

ADB says work is underway in PNG to improve shipping standards

10:45 am on 23 May 2012

The Asian Development Bank says work is underway on a project to improve the efficiency and safety of international and coastal shipping in Papua New Guinea.

The project aims to increase the coverage provided by maritime navigational aids, including lighthouses and channel markers.

600 thousand US dollars from the ADB-administered Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction will help prepare the Safe Shipping and Rural Access Project, with the PNG Government contributing another 200 thousand.

The ADB's country director, Marcelo Minc, says the project will support safe and economic national shipping services in PNG and in so doing increase access to markets, education and health services.