Maritime compliance awareness conducted

PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNGPCL), through its subsidiary division, PNG Harbours Management Services (PNGHMS), has completed its annual port inspections and awareness drive.

The awareness, carried out at all declared ports, was basically to inform stakeholders of the regulated activities within declared ports and to encourage compliance with regulatory rules concerning these activities.

PNGPCL performs two core roles:

  1. Business
  • Provides Port related services for reward such as:
  1. Wharfage – charge for tonnage that passes through the wharf at rates that are approved by ICCC under Regulatory Contract
  2. Berthage – charge for vessels berthing at our wharf facilities. Rates are based on the length overall of the vessel.  This also involves berth reservation services, storage, utilities and other services.
  • Pilotage
  1. Regulator
  • Responsible for delegated regulatory authority.
  • Performs Department of Transport Secretary’s powers and functions under the Harbours Act and administers the Ports (Management and Safety) Regulations 2010.
  • PNGHMS regulates the 15 declared ports as well as some aspects of non-declared ports.

The regulated activities in declared ports are:

  1. Control of Port Development
  • Approval process for any proposed port developments (Construction of ports, port facilities, wharves, jetties and marine infrastructures);
  1. Management and Operation of Ports
  • This a licensing and permit regime for all port activities. Licenses and permits are to be obtained for:
  • Ship to ship transfer operations
  • Port helicopter ship operations
  • Stevedoring Operations
  • Port Facility Operations
  • Vessel Movement into, within and out of declared ports
  • Life boat Launching;
  • Ferry Services;
  • Aquatic sports
  • In-water vessel hull & propeller cleaning, polishing and inspections
  • Port sea trial movements
  • Port dead ship movement
  • Underwater leases
  • Anchoring, Mooring and Line Boat Services
  • Tug, Towage and Mooring Services
  • Engine Immobilization
  • Dredging
  • Excavations and reclamations
  • Conveying or handling of dangerous goods
  • Hot works; and
  • Engine Immobilization

Regulatory fees, levies and charges for these activities are contained in the national Gazette notices G427 dated 3rd October 2013 and G543 dated 4th August 2016.

It is advisable to check PNGHMS first before undertaking any activity within the declared ports to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. 

PNGHMS or the PNGPCL Maritime Compliance Division can be contacted on Ph: 308 4200 or via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PNG Ports to partner with police to stop crime at sea

PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNGPCL) will be working with the police to tighten security and carry out water policing at its regulated port areas in Lae and Port Moresby.

Talks between PNGPCL and the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) are currently underway with a non-legally binding agreement to effect this joint operation soon.

This move comes after recent sea piracy attacks in the country which have resulted in fatal accidents and few deaths, the recent being of a fisherman in Port Moresby.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between PNGPCL and the police is being finalised and once signed will also be the preliminary step in preparation of the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC) meeting to be held in Port Moresby in November, 2018.

Under the MOU, PNGPCL will facilitate the logistics for RPNGC to carry out its mandated policing functions within the harbour precincts of the Port Moresby and Lae Ports, while the RPNGC will provide manpower from either the water police or other operational units to patrol the harbour areas.

PNGPCL Acting Managing Director, Stanley Alphonse, said PNGCPL would be providing two used pilot boats to conduct harbour patrols, as well as provide safety orientation for boarding and using the pilot boats.

He also said PNGCPL would provide a crew for the pilot boats, in particular, a Coxswain and a marine mechanic.

As part of the MOU, training for the PNGPCL vessel crew on police operational procedures, will be done by the RPNGC as well as the instalment of relevant police safety equipment, signage and other fittings such as police blue lights, he said.

“PNGPCL wants to engage the assistance of police because the nature of our operations within the port areas requires the presence of the police to counter illegal activities,” said Mr Alphonse.

“Both parties (PNGPCL and RPNGC) have a common desire to ensure that the harbour areas, including berth facilities which are entry and exit points for ships, goods and people are free from illegal activities and are safe and trouble free areas,” he said.

This agreement for water policing will be the first of its kind between PNGPCL and the RPNGC, although other differing partnerships have been in place before.

The official signing of the MOU will be conducted soon.

PNG Ports provides paternity leave for male staff

PNG Ports has made provisions in its policies that enable its male employees to take time off work for paternity leave.

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 Wewak. The 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 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.

Acting Managing Director, 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 Wewak. The 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 
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