RMP assesses maritime needs in French Polynesia
Friday, 12 February 2010

French Polynesia is a territory of France located in the Pacific Islands region. Divided into 118 islands and five archipelagos (four volcanic and one coral) within five million square km of sea, it is home to a population of 287,032 (July 2009 est.) with a growth rate of 1.391% (2009 est.) and a GDP per capita of $18,000 (2004est.).

French Polynesia became an independent territory in April 1996 by law. Since then the jurisdiction is shared between the French state and the French Polynesia territory. The politics depend on the Assembly and Government of French Polynesia.

It was the first time for SPC’s Regional Maritime Programme to visit French Polynesia on an assistance mission, which took place in November 2009. As far as maritime regulatory arrangements go, the maritime administration functions in French Polynesia are split between the French government and local French Polynesian government. However, the responsibilities for various functions required of the maritime administration in the country are currently in transition with new responsibilities expected to be finalised soon.

To assist French Polynesia’s maritime sector, RMP aims to provide greater support in the following areas:

  • Training in areas such as auditing and surveying
  • Mentoring and secondment for administration
  • Participation at regional meetings
  • Monitoring compliance with international security and safety standards in maritime
  • Advice and information dissemination on maritime safety
  • Advice on maritime legislation and regulations

French Polynesia also has two international ports, the port of Papeete, located on the island of Tahiti and the port os Bora-Bora, located on island of Tahaa. Both ports can handle maximum vessel size (length overall - LOA) of 294m. The Papeete port on its own handles approximately 644000 passengers, 900000 tonnes cargo, 17000 containers and 1800 merchant ships annually.

     Aranui at the Port of Papeete, providing domestic shipping services



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