US Navy deploys in Vanuatu waters as part of regional maritime law enforcement push

Commanding officer of USS Rushmore Cmdr. John Ryan speaks to guests during a ship tour, while anchored in Port Vila harbour. The vessel is deployed in support of the Oceana Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI), a US program supporting maritime law enforcement operations in Oceania. Photo: US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kryzentia Weiermann

Commanding officer of USS Rushmore Cmdr. John Ryan speaks to guests during a ship tour, while anchored in Port Vila harbour this week. The vessel is deployed as part of the Oceana Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI), a US program supporting maritime law enforcement operations in Oceania. Photo: US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kryzentia Weiermann

The USS Rushmore, a United States amphibious dock landing ship, disembarked maritime law enforcement personnel last week and provided tours of the ship for invited Port Vila guests. The commanding officer said personnel are assisting regional maritime security enhancement “and keeping the sea lanes open for the benefit of all.”

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Due diligence reason for delay in awarding tender for Bauerfield runway improvements

Port Vila's Bauerfield international airport

It would seem the World Bank feels insufficient due diligence has been activated for this very expensive project. And look where airfield improvements got the previous government (former ministers in prison) because of lack of due diligence over Rentabau. Tenderers for the Bauerfield airport works are being told there is a delay Read the rest of this entry »


Vanuatu to receive new state-of-the-art patrol boat from Australia

A computer rendering of Vanuatu's new patrol boat. Image: Austal

A computer rendering of Vanuatu’s new patrol boat. Image: Austal

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Renewable energy projects to power remote islands; 767kW solar plant officially launched

Hon. Ham Lini, Ministry of Climate Change, Disaster Management, Environment and Energy, PM Charlot Salwai, a representative of UAE's Pacific Partnership Fund and Minister for Public Utilities and Infrastructure Jotham Napat at the the official inauguration ceremony today for the 767kW Solar Grid Connected System, which will save Vanuatu 340,000 litres of imported diesel. Photo: Hilaire Bule

Hon. Ham Lini, Ministry of Climate Change, Disaster Management, Environment and Energy, PM Charlot Salwai, a representative of UAE’s Pacific Partnership Fund and Minister for Public Utilities and Infrastructure Jotham Napat at the official inauguration today of the 767kW Solar Grid Connected System in Port Vila. Photo: Hilaire Bule

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