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.

PNG Ports helps rebuild Hanuabada

PNGPCL Cheque presentation to Hanuabada Fire Relief Appeal

The Port of Port Moresby and the big village – Hanuabada – have existed side by side for years, sharing the same waterways to forge their livelihood.

So when the big village went up in flames recently and the appeal for assistance was launched, PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports) could not wait around and let the good neighbour suffer.

“We send our sympathies to the families that have lost their homes and are traumatised by this disaster. It’s really sad,” Chairman of PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports), Nathaniel Poya said.

PNG Ports is the owner and operator of Port Moresby Port, which has been relocated across the bay to Motukea.

Yesterday PNG Ports joined the growing number of donors to give K20,000 and boxes of donated clothing to assist the displaced people of Hanuabada.

Upon making the presentation to the Hanuabada Village Fire Appeal committee, Mr Poya, said PNG Ports sympathised with the suffering families.

“On behalf of the Management and staff of PNG Ports Corporation Ltd, let me express sadness for the destruction and loss of homes at Hanuabada,” Mr Poya said.

 “Recovery from this tragedy will take a long time and we, at PNG Ports, sympathise as you rise up and start your lives again.”

“We can only hope that this contribution from PNG Ports will at least help rebuild your lives,” he added.

Mr Poya said the donation was in recognition of Hanuabada as an important stakeholder and PNG Ports will help in anyway it can to ease the suffering inflicted on the villagers.

Mr Poya said PNG Ports will continue to work with the villagers in spin off businesses and other social activities to promote the living standard of the people.

Witnessing the presentation was PNG Ports Managing Director, Stanley Alphonse, PNG Ports Board Members, and several staff.

Two weeks ago, 18 homes in the Motuan village were completely razed to ashes and 24 other partially damaged, leaving more than 200 people homeless.

The elderly and mothers are left with no choice but to take refuge with their young children under makeshift homes and tents set up near the disaster site.

It is the first time such an incident occurred in Hanuabada, the largest village of the traditional landowners of Port Moresby.  The Hanuabada Village Fire Appeal was set up to help the families affected and so far, companies, groups, individuals and government bodies have chipped in.

PNG Ports and Hanuabada, as well as Tatana, Baruni, and other coastal villages located within its sphere of operations at the Fairfax Harbour, share a long history of friendship as stakeholders of the Port Moresby Port and the port operations in the Nation’s capital.

PNG Ports is the premier maritime services provider in the Pacific and is the gateway to the delivery of goods and services.  It is one of the oldest State Owned Entities in PNG running since 1963, and is the sole authority over all declared ports in the country and manages 15 of the 23 declared ports in PNG.  They are Lae, Port Moresby, Kimbe, Madang, Alotau, Rabaul, Kavieng, Oro Bay, Kieta, Buka, Vanimo, Lorengau, Wewak, Daru and Aitape.  

AMC delivers refresher training for PNG marine pilots

Marine Pilots from Papua New Guinea have recently completed a bespoke AMC Search training course to help them operate in challenging port environments.

AMC Search collaborated with PNG Ports Corporation to tailor an intensive, seven-day course for the Pilots who carry out the high-risk work of guiding vessels in and out of ports in all weather conditions.

To meet national PNG requirements, Pilots must regularly undertake National Maritime Safety Authority (NMSA) approved refresher training, covering Bridge Resource Management, electronic navigation, blind pilotage, and ship handling.

The training was delivered through a mix of theory and practice, utilising AMC’s Full Mission Bridge Simulator to bring a sense of realism and relevance to the issues discussed in the classroom. Participants spent over 50% of the course in the simulator, training for tough conditions, such as navigation in poor visibility, contingency response, as well as experiencing new and emerging technologies and techniques.

Beyond the world-class simulation facility, it was AMC Search’s ability to tailor a solution for PNG Ports that drew them to Tasmania, according to PNG Ports’ General Manager (PNG Marine Limited), Ian McAllister.

“Our Pilots are required by the PNG NMSA to attend short courses that are Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) approved, but most such courses are designed for sea-going Masters and don’t run concurrently. Therefore, the time, travel, accommodation, course fees, and the need to have a Pilot stand-in while they are training, becomes very costly,” Mr McAllister said.

 “We approached a couple of maritime training facilities and explained our situation and what we would like to achieve. AMC Search were very responsive and pro-actively engaged with us to discuss and understand our needs. They then developed a tailor made program to cover all the short courses in one go, and followed up with NMSA to gain approval for the course.”

“Working with AMCS, we were able to create a program that best reflected our Pilot training requirements, meet NMSA requirements, and reduce costs and time away for our Pilots.”

Matt Best, the General Manager of Simulations at AMC Search, designed and delivered the course for the PNG Pilots. He said that relevant course content, combined with simulations and flexibility, were key to meeting the needs of PNG Ports Corporation.

“No doubt that our ship simulation facilities are among the best in the Southern Hemisphere. However, what we pride ourselves on is our ability to work with clients, like PNG Ports, to build training programs that meet their needs, covering everything from course content to on-campus accommodation and meals,” Mr Best said.

 “It’s been fantastic to collaborate with PNG Ports to deliver their training in the most effective way for them. We hope the training relationship is a long-term one, and we’re expecting the next two Pilots for training in August.”

PNG Ports praised by company heads

Two heads of large organisations have praised PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports) for keeping up with the world’s best practices and its stability in management.

Chief Executive Officer of the Australia Papua New Guinea Business Council, Materua Tamarua, and PNG Human Resources Institute, Jerry Wemin, said PNG Ports, a State Owned Enterprise (SOE), was setting an example other SOE’s should follow.

Mr Tamarua said the good management of PNG Ports reflected the execution of its role in facilitating trade between PNG, Australia and the rest of the world.

“PNG Ports is an SOE led by all young Papua New Guineans.  I, as a young Papua New Guinean myself, admire the stamina and courage taken to manage PNG Ports efficiently and to be on par with world standards,” Mr Tamarua said.

“I also admire the stability in management of the company which has seen PNG Ports achieve so much in recent years.”

“PNG has more trade and ties with Australia than any other country so with the kind of management in place at PNG Ports, our relationship (between PNG and Australia) is sure to continue,” he said.

Mr Wemin, during a separate occasion, said PNG Ports was undoubtedly the most successful SOE in the country.

“PNG Ports is no doubt the best performing SOE, is also successful and I admire the consistency of the company’s achievements,” Mr Wemin said.

He urged PNG Ports to maintain its success rate and continue with carrying out its major developments at the 15 ports it owns and operates in the country.

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