Tuvalu is to have better maritime facilities built on three outer islands with help from the Asian Development Bank.
The Outer Island Maritime Infrastructure Project aims to construct a small harbour on the island of Nukulaelae, and rehabilitate boat ramps on Nanumaga and Niutao.
Most Tuvalu outer islands lack docking facilities for ocean-going ships making it more difficult to transfer passengers and cargo on workboats.
The Financial reported that the $US13.3 million project is geared to develop an overall plan for making shipping to and from the capital safer and more efficient.
An ADB grant will fund $11.3 million of the project, a Global Environment Facility grant will fund $500,000 and the remaining $1.5 million will be provided by the Government of Tuvalu.