A new system of wharves and ferries planned for Vanuatu | Pacific Beat

A new system of wharves and ferries planned for Vanuatu

A new system of wharves and ferries planned for Vanuatu

Updated 18 February 2013, 18:19 AEDT

The scattered islands of Vanuatu depend on ships to connect them to each other and the capital Port Vila, but jetties and wharves are degenerating and some islands only see a visiting ship three times a year.

To remedy the situation, the Asian Development Bank, and the governments of Vanuatu and New Zealand are combining forces to rebuild the infrastructure and upgrade the shipping services.

The project will cost over 26 million US dollars and will include building a new inter-island ferry terminal in Port Vila, and new jetties on Malekula, Ambae, Tanna and Pentacost.

The Director-general of the ADB's Pacific department Xianbin Yao recently visited Port Vila to start to process.

Steve Rice asked him how the the project will develop inter island ferries.

Presenter: Steve Rice

Speaker: The Director-general of the ADB's Pacific department Xianbin Yao

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