Marshall Islands, Oct. 16 -- Significant planning is already underway to improve the safety, efficiency and climate resilience of the Republic of the Marshall Island's maritime operations, President Dr Hilda Heine announced Wednesday.

President Heine said the upgrade would be funded under the RMI's US$33 million Maritime Investment Project, to be officially launched next month (12 November).

She said US$12.35 million would be invested into maritime infrastructure, another US$7.65 million into maritime safety and security, with US$13.12 million allocated for technical assistance for port planning and project management.

"This project will include the upgrade or repair of quays and other structures, and improved safety and port operation...