Former PNG Ports staff urges work commitment

‘Welcome to Lae Port, the Gateway to Growth and Prosperity’, the sign on the massive billboard at the main gate to Papua New Guinea’s busiest and biggest sea port read.

To the busy customers, the greeting meant little to them as they were more concerned with their cargo exchanges and how soon they could get their job done and be gone.

But for one person, it was a tale of bitter and sweet memories spent growing and working around the wharf area.

The words on the billboard were the corporate tagline used by PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports) on its billboards across the 15 ports it owns and operates, but to Pamela Kennedy, the words hit just a little deeper.

Pamela had a life always associated with the ports; growing and prospering with the ports.

Her mother, Elizabeth Sambuk, was a long serving staff with PNG Ports and retired on December 31, 2015 after clocking 40 years as the Wewak Port Finance Officer.

Pamela, Ms Sambuk’s only child, now at the good age of 40, just resigned as well after serving PNG Ports over the last 20 years.

After completing Grade 12 at Saint Patricks Girls College in Townsville, Australia, she commenced employment with PNG Ports (formerly PNG Habours Board) on July 3, 1997 as a clerk, then worked her way up to be the Lae Port Statistic Officer.

This Sepik woman regrets not being able to beat the years served by her mother but made the life changing decision to resign in order to be a full time mum to her four children.

One thing she will miss for sure about PNG Ports is the staff perks and privileges and the way the company rewards its staff in monetary and non-monetary terms.

“For me, when I was given a unit to live in at Abel Tasman Street (PNG Ports institutional property), I was overwhelmed, because I knew I was loyal and faithful to PNG Ports and will never forget that in my life,” she said.

“My advice to my (now former) colleagues is to never forget how well off you are.  Your family is precious, time is priceless and health is true wealth,” she said, calling on PNG Ports staff to commit themselves to their roles in a vibrant and growing company that looked after its staff well. 

Before leaving, she had one recommendation though, and that was for PNG Ports to facilitate more training programs aimed at skill and knowledge enhancement in order for employees to deliver better outcomes.

PNG Ports, a key partner in YWAM’s rural health delivery program

Their eyes were caring, smiles soothing, hands healing and their presence radiated love, comfort and peace.

Through the eyes of six-year-old Mandy, the crew members on board the big white ship were angels. 

For half her short life on earth, this young Milne Bay girl had seen the world through darkness.

Not old enough to understand that she was blind, young Mandy had been living with bilateral cataracts, a condition she developed when she was just three years old.

For the last three years, Mandy’s condition denied her the opportunity to live the reckless life of a child, confining her to boundaries, requiring constant assistance from her relatives to do everything.

Her family and friends wished for Mandy to see again and in an area where access to quality and affordable health care was limited, all their hopes was placed on the next visit from the Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Medical Ship.

When the ship finally returned (its last visit was in 2014), Mandy underwent her much needed two-hour surgery on her eyes on board the ship where her sight was restored and a new lease of life granted.

Mandy, along with hundreds of other patients from the Trobriand Islands requiring specialist health care, were treated and discharged, thanks to the YWAM, the Grace of God, volunteers who offered their services free to help humanity, and the kindness of sponsors and key partners whose funding drives the YWAM outreach program.

PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports), is one of such key partners in the delivery of YWAM’s outreach program which aims at strengthening the delivery of health care and training in some of PNG’s remote areas.

PNG Ports helps by providing free pilotage services for the YWAM ships that visit any of the ports. These vessels are also not charged berthage and wharfage fees and are also given storage waivers amounting to hundreds and thousands of kina.

PNG Ports Managing Director, Mr Stanley Alphonse, said through this, PNG Ports was doing its bit to help the YWAM deliver its much needed health services which was consistent with the government’s vision for the health sector going forward.

He added that PNG Ports was committed to helping the people of PNG through such community engagement program.

YWAM Medical Ships PNG patron and former Prime Minister, Sir Rabbie Namaliu, thanked PNG Ports for being a valuable partner.

He also thanked Puma Energy, AusAid, the Department of National Planning and Monitoring, Henry Schein Cares, Network Communications, and Steamships and other companies and provincial governments in PNG as well as Australia for making the Outreach successful over the years.

He also thanked the tireless efforts of the volunteers with varying professions from medical workers to sailors, engineers, cooks and others who come from different countries to work on the Medical Ships.

The YWAM Medical Ships have so far helped 31,994 Papua New Guineans living in rural areas with cataracts and visual impairments, and PNG Ports is proud to have been a key partner in achieving this.

PNG Ports donates funds from charity contest

Two charitable organisations are the lucky ones to benefit from a ‘charity fund raiser’ spearheaded by PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports).

Port Moresby-based Life PNG Care Inc and the Simbu Children’s Foundation shared a total of K2, 693 raised from the charity contest.

The fund raiser saw members of the PNG Ports Management Team pledge money for Lae Port’s Business Manager, Felix Bauri, to trim his hair and beard.

The fund raiser, which was initiated in June this year by the PNG Ports Executive Management Team, is a workplace campaign seen as a fun way of uniting employees around a common goal to work together to inspire charitable community investment.

Funds raised will be given off to charity to promote PNG Ports’ commitment to supporting charitable organisations through its partnership and network with stakeholders.

Managing Director of PNG Ports, Stanley Alphonse, said PNG Ports promoted community and stakeholder engagement and the fund raiser was a way to involve staff members in this.

“The amount raised was purely a donation from staff who gave from the heart and we hope that the money will achieve the good purpose of serving the less fortunate,” Mr Alphonse said.

“Achieving company milestones and development goals has its rewards, but working together as a team to give a hand to help humanity is more rewarding,” he said.

He also thanked Mr Bauri for participating in the charity contest.

So far this year, PNG Ports has spent almost K200, 000 in sponsorship and donations with a good amount of this going towards charity.

PNG Ports is a state owned entity and is the gateway to bringing goods and services to the people through its role as the premier maritime trade facilitator in the region.

Both charity organisations who were recipients of K1, 346.50 each focus on equipping and empowering the future generation of PNG through educating and assisting unfortunate children.

PNG Ports’ boss reappointed deputy Board Chairman of NMSA

Managing Director of PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports), Stanley Alphonse, has been reappointed as the Deputy Chairman of the National Maritime Safety Authority (NMSA).

Mr Alphonse will be working with reappointed NMSA Chairman, Peter Humphreys who represents the PNG Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and other Board members to provide guidance and leadership to NMSA, at a time when the shipping industry in general is growing.

In welcoming the appointment, which was gazetted on July 20, Board Chairman of PNG Ports, Nathaniel Poya, thanked the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, and the National Executive Council (NEC) for reappointing Mr Alphonse to the NMSA board.

Mr Poya said the decision to allow Mr Alphonse to continue on the NMSA board is in recognition of the partnership NMSA and PNG Ports have in facilitating the maritime transport sector.

 “As a key partner in ensuring maritime safety through the constant upgrade and maintenance of port infrastructure, and the provision of safe pilotage services with a track record of nil-accidents, PNG Ports welcomes the appointment of Mr Alphonse and the representation of PNG Ports on the NMSA Board,” Mr Poya said.

Among its strict safety rules to further enhance PNG Ports’ commitment to maritime safety, PNG Ports recently embarked on a partnership with Puma Energy to introduce the use of Pilots Portable Units (PPU) to assist the safe movement of ships within the port boundary.

The PPU is a device that aids marine pilots to safely manoeuver and berth tankers which transport Puma Energy’s highly volatile fuel shipments through the confined waters of the Fairfax harbour.

PNG Ports has extended the use of the PPU to the massive oil tankers transporting the LNG.

NMSA, as the autonomous statutory authority, regulates maritime safety standards, coordinates Search and Rescue operations and controls marine pollution in PNG waters.

NMSA also carries out PNG’s obligations under international conventions by implementing the national and international maritime laws.

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