Study on Shipping and Port Capacities in the Island Developing Countries: Report of the Study on Policy Options for Replacing Ageing Ships in the Pacific Island Fleets

Study on Shipping and Port Capacities in the Island Developing Countries: Report of the Study on Policy Options for Replacing Ageing Ships in the Pacific Island Fleets

Date: 
Monday, August 4, 1997
Abstract

The resulting study analysis contained in this report overviews the current inter-island shipping services in the South Pacific and their problems, highlighting ageing vessels. The study also discusses policy options for replacing the ageing fleet and possible financial measures.

International and regional trade routes in the South Pacific are serviced almost entirely by the Pacific Forum Line and by foreign-owned shipping companies. The trade is very largely containerized and carried in modem vessels which provide island countries with reasonably adequate service.

Domestic trades on the other hand are served by a variety of small nationally-owned companies, both government and private. The majority of ships are old and services in many cases are insufficient for national needs. This report therefore concentrates entirely upon the issues concerned with the domestic fleets of the South Pacific countries and puts forward proposals for consideration by both governments and ship operators.

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