The Asian Development Bank (ADB), in partnership with the Government of Tuvalu and Honda Heavy Industries Co. Ltd, launched a new climate-resilient passenger and cargo ship, the Manu Sina, in Saiki, Japan. The vessel is set to replace the aging Manu Folau, improving transportation between Tuvalu’s capital, Funafuti, and its outer islands. This project is supported by a $30 million grant from ADB’s Asian Development Fund and an additional $3 million contribution from the Government of Tuvalu. The new ship aims to enhance economic development and social cohesion by providing safe and reliable transport, vital for the livelihoods and healthcare access of residents in the outer islands. The project also involves rehabilitating port infrastructure and building operational capacity to ensure sustainability. Representatives from Tuvalu, ADB, and Honda Heavy Industries attended the launch ceremony. The initiative underscores ADB’s commitment to fostering prosperity and resilience in Asia and the Pacific while addressing extreme poverty.

Marine Transportation, Public Infrastructure, Environmental Technology,Tuvalu, Japan

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