French Polynesia 'Terribly Lacking In Maritime Infrastructure' Roundtable Says

Maritime Cluster holds forum to develop strategies to develop 'Blue Economy'

Translated by Jennifer Vehia Wheeler

PAPEETE, French Polynesia (Polynésie 1ère, Sept. 19, 2016) – From Friday September 16th to September 19th 2016, the Maritime Cluster of French Polynesia organized the 3rd forum on maritime economy and the conclusion is clear: French Polynesia is terribly lacking in maritime infrastructure.

Finding solutions to develop the blue economy in Polynesia is the challenge of the third maritime economy forum. On Friday, September 16, several round tables were organized by the Maritime Cluster around the four following themes: infrastructure for offshore fishing, infrastructure for recreational and water activities, interest in maritime excellence and infrastructure of authority for port integration.

Professionals gave their views on the development of these topics and a conclusion was quickly apparent: French Polynesia is lacking in the infrastructure of harbors and ports. The port of Pape’ete will soon be too small for cargo and cruise ships.  An extension to the Pape’ete port was discussed as one of the options to remedy this situation.

According to Taiarui Theodore, who handles the steering of large boats into the harbor, the solution is possible but it is necessary to give the port drivers the means to do so.

Another option discussed by the participants of the round table: a second port for Tahiti, which would relieve the port of Pape’ete. The conclusions of the 3rd forum of the maritime economy, will be made this afternoon, Monday September 19th at the Assembly of Polynesia.

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