20190329 114021Sea, Land and Air: Moving Vanuatu's Citizens

    The Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities (MIPU) aims to ensure the prosperity of all
    people of Vanuatu. It will provide the high-quality infrastructure and services needed to support
    the country’s economic and social development.

    Our mandates include:

        • Maintain and upgrade transport networks to serve all rural and urban communities
          through inclusive and effective partnerships
      • Implement safety and security systems in compliance with Vanuatu laws and international
      • Provide leadership, governance and the necessary legal framework to ensure effective
        infrastructure development
      • Utilize resources and assets efficiently while adhering to principles of accountability and

    (Photo: Located in Port Vila, the Nasituan Building houses the Ministry of Public Infrastructure & Public Utilities and related departments.)

    MIPU Regulators

    There are two regulators under the Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilties: Office of the Maritime Regulator and Commissioner of Maritime Affairs Office.


    Office of the Maritime Regulator

    Following four years of reforms in the Maritime Sector, a new independent government owned entity has been formed to regulate the maritime sector of Vanuatu. The office of the Maritime Regulator to operate as “Vanuatu Maritime Regulator” or VMR came into existence on the 1st of July 2017 under the provisions of its enabling legislation; the maritime sector regulatory Act No. 26 of 2016.

    For more information regarding the Office of the Maritime Regulator, please visit their website.


    Commissioner of Maritime Affairs Office

    Functions and powers of the Commissioner of Maritime Affairs Office are described under the Vanuatu Maritime Authority Act.  The proper management and oversight of maritime vessel registration (cargo, fishing, passenger and pleasure vessels) are a primary responsibilty of this is office.

    Vanuatu Maritime Authority Act no. 29 of 1998


    Maritime Commissioner

    Mr. Markmon J. A.. Batie


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    Phone: +678 22790

    MP: +678 775087

    Fax: +678 27714

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