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RMIPA Issues RFP for SMS Program Development and Implementation



Professional Consulting Services
for the
SMS Program Development and Implementation for Amata Kabua International Airport


The Republic of the Marshall Islands Ports Authority (RMIPA), a public corporation of the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (GRMI), hereby solicits proposals from a qualified consulting firm to provide professional services for the development and implementation of an airport Safety Management System (SMS) Program for the Amata Kabua International Airport (AKIA), to also include the provisioning of a Safety Management System (SMS) Software. The SMS Software to be provided shall be capable of integrating with/to the RMIPA’s existing GIS-centric Airport Condition Monitoring System. RMIPA’s Airport Condition Monitoring System utilizes ArcGIS Online and Collector for ArcGIS to provide an easy to use mobile environment for RMIPA inspectors to report the condition of airport infrastructure or assets in a connected or disconnected environment.

This work will be performed and partially funded under the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants issued respectively to the GRMI.

The selected consultant will be tasked with developing the SMS Program for AKIA which will require scalable implementation strategies, to include tracking and reporting hazards and deficiencies; airport personnel roles and responsibilities; staff training and skills development; software systems integration; integrated forms; processes; and procedures. The required SMS Program shall be consistent with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Annex 14, Aerodrome Standards, Annex 19, Safety Management (First Edition, July 2013) and ICAO Doc. 9859, Safety Management Manual.

Further details of this RFP may be obtained by submitting written interests to the following contact, or via email to with the subject heading, “SMS Program Development and Implementation for Amata Kabua International Airport”:

Attn: Jack S. Chong-Gum, Director

RMI Ports Authority Amata Kabua Blvd., Delap Dock

P.O. Box 109
Majuro, MH 96960-0537

Statements of Professional Proposals must be submitted to the above contact no later than 4:00pm Majuro, Marshall Islands, local time, Monday, July 4, 2016, in order to be considered.

This Request for Proposals does not commit RMIPA to award a contract, to pay any costs incurred in the preparation of a proposal based on this request, or to procure or contract for services. RMIPA reserves the right to reject any and all Statement of Professional Proposals submitted for any reason, if in RMIPA’s sole opinion to do so would be in RMIPA’s best interest.

Majuro Wave Buoy Redeployed to Serve Marshall Islands Communities

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Fiona Langenberger (808) 956-8784;

Majuro Wave Buoy Redeployed to Serve Marshall Islands Communities

Majuro – The Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) redeployed its wave buoy outside of Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI). Located about 0.5 nautical miles (NM) off Delap Point, the yellow wave buoy measures wave height, direction, period, and sea surface temperature in 30 min intervals. All wave information is available online and free of charge. The reinstalled buoy joins the existing PacIOOS network of 13 real-time wave buoys across the Pacific.

Wave buoy data benefit the entire community and are important to make well-informed and safe decisions. Local and regional agency officials, boat operators, and other ocean users can access data online to get the latest observations. Real-time wave data are also vital to inform the community and emergency responders of big wave events that could potentially impact the Marshall Islands.

Through generous partner contributions, PacIOOS was able to fund and redeploy the new wave buoy southeast of Majuro. A previous buoy was lost at sea, most likely due to a vessel collision. Reggie White from NOAA’s National Weather Service Majuro Weather Service Office states, “The PacIOOS wave buoy is one of the RMI’s most important observing tools to assess ocean conditions and to evaluate the need for high surf as well as coastal inundation advisories and warning.” He adds, “As a low-lying nation, we are vulnerable to wave inundation and are dependent on accurate real-time data.”

Zdenka Willis, Director of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), stresses, “We have a strong network of local, national, and international partners in the Pacific Islands region, who have shown their commitment to PacIOOS and its ocean observations. The remote location of the Pacific Islands is unique within the IOOS system and shows how valuable and impactful wave and ocean observations are on a daily basis to make safe decisions. IOOS and PacIOOS are committed to equip Pacific Islanders with the right data and tools to increase community resilience.”

In order to keep the buoy operational, ocean users are asked to stay 1NM off Delap Point to avoid collision and entanglement in the mooring line. Please refrain from tying to the buoy or fishing around it. The coordinates of the wave buoy are listed in nautical charts.

PacIOOS would like to extend a special thanks to NOAA’s National Weather Service Pacific Region Headquarters, the Republic of the Marshall Islands Government via the Climate and Oceans Support Program in the Pacific (COSPPac) of the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, U.S. IOOS, and an anonymous private donor (via the College of the Marshall Islands) for their financial support to fund the new buoy. Data streaming for the PacIOOS wave buoys is made possible through long-term partnerships with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Coastal Data Information Program.

On the Web

Majuro wave buoy data can be accessed at: To learn more about PacIOOS:

About PacIOOS

The Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) believes that ocean data and information can help save lives and resources. In collaboration with its partners, PacIOOS aims to provide sustained ocean observations in order to support decision-making and science for stakeholders who call the Pacific Islands home. Based within the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, PacIOOS is part of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®).



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