Major milestone for PNGPCL
PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNGPCL) “No One Gets Hurt” health and safety policy achieved in its first ever milestone in its engagement with the PNG LNG Project in 2015.
PNGPCL announced that it has successfully undertaken a full year of its contractual obligation with the world class project without any loss of man hours due to injuries and sicknesses.
“That is quite an achievement for us and this goes to show that PNGPCL is capable of working in a world class operation like the LNG Project in terms of providing pilotage, line handling services and marine security surveillance service on a 24 hour basis for the whole year,” an excited Chief Executive Officer, Stanley Alphonse said.
Mr Alphonse said PNGPCL has 35 men working on the LNG Project site on a 24 hour, seven days operation, contributing a total of 220,000 man hours without any interruptions to the various activities they were performing at the marine terminal jetty at the LNG Plant site at Papa Lealea outside Port Moresby.
PNGPCL achieved this by working collectively with other marine teams from EMPNG Marine, EMPNG Operations, Wood Group and Smit Lamanco.
PNGPCL entered into the contract with ExxonMobil PNG in May 2014 to provide pilotage, line handling and security surveillance services to the LNG project and since then had handled 159 LNG tankers as well as other tankers carrying condensate gas.
In 2015 alone, the PNGPCL team handled 101 LNG tankers and 218 mooring and unmooring operations at the LNG Plant marine terminal.
“It has been a great learning curve for the project team – from the corporate perspective, mandatory compliance to policies, procedures and processes is paramount for safety execution of activities in ensuring “no one gets hurt” at the end of the day.
“There are no short cuts. The handling of hydrocarbon products has its cargo handling standards and requirements and therefore sets the baseline for all employees to have the right knowledge and skills to be employed at the plant site.
“Contractors engaged in the service delivery are required to deliver expected levels of quality services and are under very close scrutiny for compliance to mandatory requirements including policies, rules and regulations.
“Shift in learning and working culture to a world class project has been a great opportunity while at the same time a challenge for all of the staff in this business undertaking,” Mr Alphonse said.
He said the main factors that contributed to the success of the operation are compliance to EMPNG policies, vigilant in safety awareness and remaining focused during execution of duties, consistency in pre-start safety meetings and toolboxes, right work attitudes and team interactions at the terminal, strong on-site leadership, good time management, excellent logistical support and health lifestyle.
Mr Alphonse said the first 12 months of any major project has its own flip-side and the PNGPCL team showed great character in proving that PNGPCL can deliver services to any client.
“I would like to acknowledge ExxonMobil for having faith in PNGPCL to ensure that we are able to comply with and maintain their very high level of security, safety and environment standards in the line of providing our services.
“I would like to assure ExxonMobil of our continued support to the PNG LNG project in the years ahead. I would also like to acknowledge and commend our staff for the job well done and urge everyone to continue the good work,” Mr Alphonse said.