E-Bulletin June 2024

Installation and deployment of aids to navigation Port of Luganville, Vanuatu

The Pacific Community (SPC) and the Vanuatu Department of Ports and Harbors successfully implemented the recently delivered Pacific Safety of Navigation project in Luganville Port. From 30 August to 2 September 2023, aids to navigation in and around the port area were installed and deployed. This initiative is made possible through the Pacific Safety of Navigation Project, an endeavour led by SPC and funded by the International Foundation of Aids to Navigation (IFAN).

During Phase 2 of the project, the Department of Ports and Harbours identified the port of Luganville as a high-priority area to carry out a risk assessment. 

Use of the IALA SIRA tool

In October 2019, SPC together with the Ports and Harbours Department, carried out the risk assessment using the IALA SIRA tool.  This revealed several hazards to navigation, and recommendations were proposed to address them. Unfortunately, Vanuatu could not implement these measures at the time due to various natural disasters, including the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The Luganville ports SIRA report recommendations were implemented as part of the Phase 3 activity for PICs aids to navigation infrastructure.

This phase focused on procuring and installing aids to navigation infrastructure in and around the Luganville Port. The project successfully funded the procurement of four cardinal marks to define the outer extent of the Guyon Reef, one lit starboard buoy for the Georges Phillipar passage, one south cardinal mark for the Sarakata River mouth, and four special lit buoys to mark the outer confines of a Marine Protected Area. Additionally, the project provided resources for a vessel to deploy these buoys and install piles for the aids to navigation cardinal marks.


It is important to note that the Republic of Vanuatu is a signatory to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), and as such, they are obliged to provide adequate aids to navigation based on the volume of traffic and the degree of risk requires. Vanuatu is also one of the 13 Pacific Islands countries targeted by the Pacific Safety of Navigation Project. This crucial undertaking aims to enhance capacity, governance, and infrastructure, ultimately strengthening the safety of navigation in the Pacific region.

A valuable contribution

SPC is thrilled about the impact of this project and confident that it will contribute to safer navigation for all mariners in and around Luganville Port.

This article is based on material provided by the

Pacific Community / Communauté du Pacifique Geoscience,

Energy and Maritime Division (GEM) here:

Rapporteur: Paul Ridgway

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