The China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation as the contractors for the VAIP project wish to reassure that there are no sinister motives behind their decision to bring aggregates (crushed stone) to Vanuatu on the vessel now anchored outside Mele Bay. Following all the concerns raised, and rightfully so because of the strict laws in place regarding such materials, we wish to reassure that only equipment destined for the airport works will be offloaded. The aggregates will not be offloaded and will be shipped to our projects in Africa. And that is our initial plan. Contrary to what many might have been led to believe from the media forays in the last couple of days, CCECC wish to state categorically that we were in consultation with biosecurity and other relevant authorities regarding the shipment. It is not correct to say that the company did not try to seek permission for the importation, and at no time did we try to ignore or by-pass relevant laws of Vanuatu. The aggregates however, served a key purpose during the shipment. As the ship was loaded with heavy machinery and equipment, which could not be lowered into the holds, the aggregates were critical for stability and balance, travelling through high seas en route to Vanuatu from China. Some seagoing vessels might have used ballast, sometimes water and fuel or other cargo. In the olden days, seagoing vessels would use large river rocks. One point that merits attention is that the aggregates on board were treated and strictly under the inspection of China Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine, contrary to what has been stated in the media that the materials are untreated. As the Contractor, CCECC will take full responsibility for the materials in shipping them elsewhere. CCECC is a well-known company throughout the world. Our businesses cover 76 countries all over the world. On 6th August 2017, two projects undertaken by CCECC were awarded the “Global Best Project of 2017” by ENR (Engineering News Record). The company has a good reputation for producing quality work and for being a good corporate citizen. We wish to reassure the people of Vanuatu that we have done nothing wrong, or underhanded. The project is within its schedule and the company believes it can deliver this significant project to the people and Government of Vanuatu on schedule and to the highest international standards.  

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