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.
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.