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).


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).
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