Lorengau port gets new office building

PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNGPCL) in its efforts to improve efficiency and company image has built a new office for its Lorengau port at over K200,000.00 recently.

This is part of PNGPCL’s ongoing port rehabilitation program and is also in line with the company’s 20 years (2012-2032) corporate strategic plan.

The Lorengau port rehabilitation program also included the installation of wharf fenders, a standby generator set and new fencing and access gate.

Acting Managing Director, Mr. Stanley Alphonse said “PNGPCL continues to provide services through the Lorengau port as part of its community service obligation (CSO) initiative to the people of Manus Province.”

Mr. Alphonse said Lorengau port is one of 12 other ports apart from Lae, Port Moresby and Kimbe which are under the company’s CSO program and which are regarded as non-profit earning ports.

However, PNGPCL is committed to continue to facilitate trade at the smaller ports such as Lorengau port.

Chief Infrastructure Officer, Mr. Waqa Bauleka said “current facilities were run down and it was urgent that upgrade works were done soon so operations are not affected.”

“The current location of the port office and shed also restricted movement of machinery and heavy vehicles moving cargoes in and out of the port therefore the new office building at the new location will free up storage space and improve efficiency for port operations,” Mr. Bauleka said.

Lorengau port is located on the eastern part of the main Lorengau town in the safe Seadler harbour, in the Admiralty Islands.


NOTE-PNGPCL BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNGPCL) is a fully corporatised entity owned by the State and is a successor Company to the PNG Harbours Board. The Independent Public Business Corporation (IPBC) is the sole shareholder that holds shares in the Company on behalf of the State of Papua New Guinea.
The overall management and operations of PNGPCL are dictated by the relevant port and shipping regulations as well as policy directives of the National Executive Council (NEC) through the Ministry of Public Enterprises & State Investments.
PNGPCL operates/manages 15 of the 23 declared ports in Papua New Guinea; one (1) is under agency management & seven (7) are non-operational. The 15 operational ports are: Aitape, Alotau, Buka, Daru, Kavieng, Kieta, Kimbe, Lae, Lorengau, Madang, Oro Bay, Port Moresby, Rabaul, Vanimo and WewakThe only one (1) under agency management is Samarai Port.
These ports handle in excess of 5.8 million tonnes of cargo annually – 100 per cent of Papua New Guinea’s entire seaborne trade and the main gateway to more than 300 scattered islands.
PNGPCL provides Pilotage services in PNG and has pilot launches at its main ports. Since its launching on the 13th of November 2006, the transition of the PNG Ports Corporation Limited as is known today has evolved from Papua and New Guinea Harbours Board (1963-1969), Papua New Guinea Harbours Board (1970-2002) and PNG Harbours Board Limited (2002-2006) and then PNG Ports Corporation Ltd.
The Corporation provides the following services including Berthage, Wharfage, Storage, Pilotage, Harbour Management Services and Miscellaneous port related services.
The regulatory body that governs port related tariff with the port services industry is the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC).
For more information please contact the PR team: Frank Asaeli on 3084289 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and Yvonne Haip on 3084293 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or check our Website: www.pngports.com.pg 

Harbour inspections nearing completion for 2016

Harbour or port inspections are carried out by the PNG Harbour Management Services (PNGHMS) each year to control, monitor and regulate any new and planned developments within the declared harbours or ports.

The inspections are done to alert port users that PNGHMS regulates the activities within the ports and harbours and to also identify navigational hazards and liaise with the National Maritime Authority for removal of these hazards.

Chief Maritime Compliance Officer, Mrs Hane Kila and her team have already covered eleven (11) of fifteen (15) declared harbours/ports around the country this year and look to complete inspections for the ports of Daru, Oro Bay and Port Moresby/Motukea before the year 2016 ends.

The ports covered already this year are Alotau, Buka, Kavieng, Kieta, Kimbe, Lae, Lorengau, Madang, Rabaul, Vanimo and Wewak (includes Aitape port).

Mrs Kila said the inspections are part of PNGHMS’ harbour management responsibilities to ensure that regulated activities are done in compliance to license or permit conditions given service providers pursuant to the Ports (Management and Safety) Regulations 2010.

“The inspections are also done for purposes of updating management on the activities taking place in the declared harbour limits and also for sharing information on compliance issues where necessary with NMSA.”

“If during the inspections, we find that there is a breach of the conditions of licenses or permits or the provisions of the Merchant Shipping Act and the Harbours Act, then we take appropriate corrective measures,” she said.

Acting Managing Director of PNGPCL, Mr Stanley Alphonse said “one of the main compliance issues has been the uncontrolled and unauthorised reclamations and developments along the foreshores of the declared port of Port Moresby and other ports and PNGPCL has started work to control these developments.”

“Our aim via PNGHMS is to have those organisations and individuals doing land reclamations and foreshore developments to be properly registered with proper approval permits issued to developers,” Mr. Alphonse said.

Basically, the areas for inspections cover foreshore developments including new wharf constructions, land reclamations, installation of private mooring buoys, derelicts that pose hazards to navigation of ships in the harbour and any other unauthorised activity in the harbours/ports contrary to the relevant provisions of the Harbours Act.

PNGHMS Background

In accordance with a delegation from the Department of Transport and Civil Aviation of Papua New Guinea (PNG), PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNGPCL) is the authority vested with powers and responsibilities to control and regulate activities within the declared and non-declared ports in the country.

To take carriage of this responsibility, PNGPCL established the PNGHMS in its organisational structure to be responsible for the regulatory functions including other compliance issues. The Division is also responsible for harbour management and the regulatory pilotage functions following a delegation of the Pilotage Authority and Functions from PNG National Maritime Safety Authority (NMSA) to PNGPCL.


NOTE-PNGPCL BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNGPCL) is a fully corporatised entity owned by the State and is a successor Company to the PNG Harbours Board. The Independent Public Business Corporation (IPBC) is the sole shareholder that holds shares in the Company on behalf of the State of Papua New Guinea.
The overall management and operations of PNGPCL are dictated by the relevant port and shipping regulations as well as policy directives of the National Executive Council (NEC) through the Ministry of Public Enterprises & State Investments.
PNGPCL operates/manages 15 of the 23 declared ports in Papua New Guinea; one (1) is under agency management & seven (7) are non-operational. The 15 operational ports are: Aitape, Alotau, Buka, Daru, Kavieng, Kieta, Kimbe, Lae, Lorengau, Madang, Oro Bay, Port Moresby, Rabaul, Vanimo and WewakThe only one (1) under agency management is Samarai Port.
These ports handle in excess of 5.8 million tonnes of cargo annually – 100 per cent of Papua New Guinea’s entire seaborne trade and the main gateway to more than 300 scattered islands.
PNGPCL provides Pilotage services in PNG and has pilot launches at its main ports. Since its launching on the 13th of November 2006, the transition of the PNG Ports Corporation Limited as is known today has evolved from Papua and New Guinea Harbours Board (1963-1969), Papua New Guinea Harbours Board (1970-2002) and PNG Harbours Board Limited (2002-2006) and then PNG Ports Corporation Ltd.
The Corporation provides the following services including Berthage, Wharfage, Storage, Pilotage, Harbour Management Services and Miscellaneous port related services.
The regulatory body that governs port related tariff with the port services industry is the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC).
For more information please contact the PR team: Frank Asaeli on 3084289 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and Yvonne Haip on 3084293 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or check our Website: www.pngports.com.pg 

PNG Ports is mindful of sea pollution

PNGPCL Staff cleaning up Ela BeachAll forms of debris (rubbish) including plastic bags are finding their way into the sea waters and ending up again on coastlines causing filth and are also an environment and safety hazard within maritime ports.

“Plastic bags are the main components of what we collectively refer to as ‘debris’ and indeed is a big problem environmentally and safety wise for all port users,” Acting Managing Director, Mr. Stanley Alphonse said.

Marine debris is a form of pollution which may be defined as any persistent solid material that is manufactured, processed and directly or indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally, disposed of or abandoned into the marine environment.

Debris includes derelict fishing gear, land discarded gear and beach litter of which includes plastics.

As reflected by a survey carried out recently by PNGPCL’s Occupational Health, Safety & Environment Department (OHSE), plastic waste dominated the debris samples collected and comprises a significant portion of the total city solid waste.

The report also shows that solid waste is increasing each day due to increase in population, developmental activities, changes in lifestyle and socio-economic conditions.

Mr. Alphonse said the report may not necessarily reflect the actual level of plastic pollution within the Port Moresby Port precinct as more monitoring and data collation may be required for one to comfortably establish trends.

“However, it is indicative of a level that should attract attention for control and management by all key stakeholders including PNGPCL, National Capital District Commission (NCDC), National Maritime Safety Authority (NMSA), National Fisheries Authority (NFA), NGOs and other port facility users,” he said.

Debris pollution affects the resident flora and fauna in the water body within the precincts of maritime ports, and also impacts on human health and safety of port workers and users and the wider community exposed to the maritime port.

Therefore, PNGPCL, since 2013 has taken some steps to keep its coastline and the Port Moresby Port precinct rubbish free as these areas have been affected badly by rubbish from nearby coastal villages such as Hanuabada, Tatana Island, Wanigela, Vabukori, Roku and Kirakira which are within the declared port limits.

PNGPCL via its PNG Harbour Management Services Division (PNGHMS) continues to liaise with community leaders to carryout awareness which is in line with PNGPCL’s 20 years corporate strategic plan and provide rubbish bins to the coastal villages along the declared port of Port Moresby.

The PNGPCL Fleet and Property Department also engages a local contractor to clean the coastlines and around the wharf areas on a regular basis.

“PNGHMS is also supporting World Vision PNG with its four years WASH (water and sanitation hygiene) program outreach to the coastal villages within the Port Moresby declared port limits,” Chief Maritime Compliance Officer and Port Manager, Hane Kila said.

“We have plans to partner and work closely with our stakeholders in NCDC, NFA, NMSA, NGOs, and port facility operators and also the communities themselves to participate in the program,” she said.

PNGPCL’s report also recommended the procurement and deployment of debris booms but require financial assistance from key stakeholders and potential investors as the booms are expensive.

PNGPCL acknowledges NCDC who have agreed to work closely with PNGPCL as they are responsible for collecting rubbish and disposing the rubbish at the appropriate location(s).

 


NOTE-PNGPCL BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNGPCL) is a fully corporatised entity owned by the State and is a successor Company to the PNG Harbours Board. The Kumul Consolidated Holdings (KCH), formerly the Independent Public Business Corporation (IPBC), is the sole shareholder that holds shares in the Company on behalf of the State of Papua New Guinea.
The overall management and operations of PNGPCL are dictated by the relevant port and shipping regulations as well as policy directives of the National Executive Council (NEC) through the Ministry of Public Enterprises & State Investments.
PNGPCL operates/manages 15 of the 23 declared ports in Papua New Guinea; one (1) is under agency management & seven (7) are non-operational. The 15 operational ports are: Aitape, Alotau, Buka, Daru, Kavieng, Kieta, Kimbe, Lae, Lorengau, Madang, Oro Bay, Port Moresby, Rabaul, Vanimo and WewakThe only one (1) under agency management is Samarai Port.
These ports handle in excess of 5.8 million tonnes of cargo annually – 100 per cent of Papua New Guinea’s entire seaborne trade and the main gateway to more than 300 scattered islands.
PNGPCL provides Pilotage services in PNG and has pilot launches at its main ports. Since its launching on the 13th of November 2006, the transition of the PNG Ports Corporation Limited as is known today has evolved from Papua and New Guinea Harbours Board (1963-1969), Papua New Guinea Harbours Board (1970-2002) and PNG Harbours Board Limited (2002-2006) and then PNG Ports Corporation Ltd.
The Corporation provides the following services including Berthage, Wharfage, Storage, Pilotage, Harbour Management Services and Miscellaneous port related services.
The regulatory body that governs port related tariff with the port services industry is the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC).
For more information please contact the PR team: Frank Asaeli on 3084289 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and Yvonne Haip on 3084293 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or check our Website: www.pngports.com.pg 

PNG Ports expects more staff productivity

PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports) recently concluded a nationwide awareness covering its established ports on its Human Capital procedures and policies as part of its drive towards ensuring its staff are fully aware of these policies.

The awareness was carried out for more than 600 staff employed at 11 of the 15 sea ports owned and operated by PNG Ports.

The purpose of the awareness was to update staff on PNG Port’s revised policies and procedures, attend to questions and use staff feedback to review current policies.

“The awareness was a two-way thing, we (Human Capital Department) presented the company policies to our staff and they told us how they felt about these policies,” said Team Leader-Employee Relations, Steven Madagi.

With staff more aware of company policies and procedures, and knowing what the company’s expectations are, staff are now expected by the management to be more proactive in their work.

Having conducted the awareness the Human Capital Department will continue to ensure that those staff that do not adhere to company policies and procedures will be dealt with accordingly.

Chief Executive Officer, Stanley Alphonse, said as a pure government business entity, PNG Ports aims to maximise staff work output so that business goals are achieved and income is generated to complement the country’s growing economy.

“We are a growing and changing State Owned Entity (SOE), we have to continue the good work to show that we are on par with company visions and achieve high and quality work outputs,” Mr Alphonse said.

“Let us work together to see more developmental changes at the ports going forward,” he said.

The Human Capital Department also emphasised that PNG Ports staff were very fortunate to benefit from staff conditions inclusive of a full life and medical cover, competitive salaries, and enviable benefits and entitlements that few companies provided. 

As a result, the Department has urged staff to buckle down on their performance and prove that recruiting them for their respective roles was the right choice.

PNG Ports is the premier port services provider in the region and one of the profit-making SOE’s.

It has ongoing multimillion kina developments being carried out at all its ports with major ones being carried out in Lae and Port Moresby.


NOTE-PNGPCL BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNGPCL) is a fully corporatised entity owned by the State and is a successor Company to the PNG Harbours Board. The Independent Public Business Corporation (IPBC) is the sole shareholder that holds shares in the Company on behalf of the State of Papua New Guinea.
The overall management and operations of PNGPCL are dictated by the relevant port and shipping regulations as well as policy directives of the National Executive Council (NEC) through the Ministry of Public Enterprises & State Investments.
PNGPCL operates/manages 15 of the 23 declared ports in Papua New Guinea; one (1) is under agency management & seven (7) are non-operational. The 15 operational ports are: Aitape, Alotau, Buka, Daru, Kavieng, Kieta, Kimbe, Lae, Lorengau, Madang, Oro Bay, Port Moresby, Rabaul, Vanimo and WewakThe only one (1) under agency management is Samarai Port.
These ports handle in excess of 5.8 million tonnes of cargo annually – 100 per cent of Papua New Guinea’s entire seaborne trade and the main gateway to more than 300 scattered islands.
PNGPCL provides Pilotage services in PNG and has pilot launches at its main ports. Since its launching on the 13th of November 2006, the transition of the PNG Ports Corporation Limited as is known today has evolved from Papua and New Guinea Harbours Board (1963-1969), Papua New Guinea Harbours Board (1970-2002) and PNG Harbours Board Limited (2002-2006) and then PNG Ports Corporation Ltd.
The Corporation provides the following services including Berthage, Wharfage, Storage, Pilotage, Harbour Management Services and Miscellaneous port related services.
The regulatory body that governs port related tariff with the port services industry is the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC).
For more information please contact the PR team: Frank Asaeli on 3084289 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and Yvonne Haip on 3084293 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or check our Website: www.pngports.com.pg 

PNG Ports provides paternity leave for male staff

PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports) has made provisions in its company policies that enable its male employees to take time off work on paternity leaves.

The paternity leave allows for men to take time off from work (three days) to provide support to their partners during the birth of their newborn child.

While women are entitled to receive maternity leave, PNG Ports recognizes that it is equally important for men to be with their partners to welcome their newborns, and is one of the few companies that provides this benefit for men.

PNG Ports, through its Human Capital Department, at a recent awareness encouraged its male staff members to be responsible and supportive fathers, and use their paternity leaves to be with their partners at such times.

Apart from this, PNG Ports staff also enjoy full medical and insurance cover and competitive salaries.  They also have other entitlements and benefits that give employees no reason to ‘slack off’ from their work.

This was made known during a recent awareness on company policies and procedures conducted by the Department across 11of the 15 ports that PNG Ports owns and operates.

The awareness was to update staff on the department’s revised policies and procedures, attend to questions and use staff feedback to improve or amend the policies.

Human Capital Manager, Rex Kini, said as a result of the awareness, the company would now expect improved staff understanding and adherence to company policy and procedures.

The Human Capital Department will continue to deal accordingly with those staff who do not abide by policy.

PNG Ports Chief Executive Officer, Stanley Alphonse, said PNG Ports as a company that provides equal opportunities for its staff, was giving its male staff the privilege to apply and take paternity leaves.

“PNG Ports realises that providing equal opportunities and allowing staff to exercise their rights is the way forward in any company.  We want to make our staff happy so that they in turn perform to high expectations,” Mr Alphonse said.

PNG Ports is a State Owned Enterprise (SOE) that owns and operates 15 sea ports located in all maritime provinces in the country and employs more than 600 skilled Papua New Guineans.

 

PNG Ports is the premier port services provider in the region and one of the profit-making SOE’s.


NOTE-PNGPCL BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNGPCL) is a fully corporatised entity owned by the State and is a successor Company to the PNG Harbours Board. The Independent Public Business Corporation (IPBC) is the sole shareholder that holds shares in the Company on behalf of the State of Papua New Guinea.
The overall management and operations of PNGPCL are dictated by the relevant port and shipping regulations as well as policy directives of the National Executive Council (NEC) through the Ministry of Public Enterprises & State Investments.
PNGPCL operates/manages 15 of the 23 declared ports in Papua New Guinea; one (1) is under agency management & seven (7) are non-operational. The 15 operational ports are: Aitape, Alotau, Buka, Daru, Kavieng, Kieta, Kimbe, Lae, Lorengau, Madang, Oro Bay, Port Moresby, Rabaul, Vanimo and WewakThe only one (1) under agency management is Samarai Port.
These ports handle in excess of 5.8 million tonnes of cargo annually – 100 per cent of Papua New Guinea’s entire seaborne trade and the main gateway to more than 300 scattered islands.
PNGPCL provides Pilotage services in PNG and has pilot launches at its main ports. Since its launching on the 13th of November 2006, the transition of the PNG Ports Corporation Limited as is known today has evolved from Papua and New Guinea Harbours Board (1963-1969), Papua New Guinea Harbours Board (1970-2002) and PNG Harbours Board Limited (2002-2006) and then PNG Ports Corporation Ltd.
The Corporation provides the following services including Berthage, Wharfage, Storage, Pilotage, Harbour Management Services and Miscellaneous port related services.
The regulatory body that governs port related tariff with the port services industry is the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC).
For more information please contact the PR team: Frank Asaeli on 3084289 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and Yvonne Haip on 3084293 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or check our Website: www.pngports.com.pg