Marine Electronic Highway (MEH) demonstration project approved by the World Bank Board

The Marine Electronic Highway (MEH) demonstration project led by the IMO, which will include a new survey of part of the Straits of Malacca and the production of electronic navigational charts, has now been given the seal of approval by the World Bank. Earlier this month, approval was obtained from the World Bank Board and on 19 June 2006 the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Trust Fund Grant Agreement for the IMO was signed. The IMO is the executing agency for the project.  

We understand that the start-up activities will commence in mid-July 2006. This will include the setting up of the Project Management Office, which will be situated in Batam, Indonesia. The Project Implementation Plan will be finalised and preparations will be made for the Project Steering Committee to meet. 

INTERTANKO led the way in supporting this project and is grateful to its members with Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (ECDIS) installed on their vessels for agreeing to participate in the demonstration project.  

Contact: John Fawcett-Ellis