PNG Ports introduces Home Ownership Scheme for staff

PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports) has embarked on an ambitious home ownership scheme to provide housing for all its employees across its network of ports in Papua New Guinea.

The Board and Management of PNG Ports approved the Home Ownership Scheme Policy to be implemented this year (2017).

While announcing the Home Ownership Scheme, PNG Ports’ Acting Managing Director, Stanley Alphonse, said: “PNG Ports is aware of the challenges of high rental accommodation as well as shortages of quality and affordable residential housing for employees.”

“The company also considers that these challenges do have an unfavorable impact on its employees in terms of work performance and life in general.  As a result, PNG Ports is giving its employees the opportunity to own their own homes,” Mr Alphonse said.

Under the  Home Ownership Scheme Policy, PNG Ports  will provide  the equity (as company assistance) required by the commercial banks or financial institutions, in order to enable its employees to secure a home loan to either purchase an existing residential property or to construct a new residential building (inclusive of the vacant land).

The participating employees, through this scheme, are required to repay the company assistance through their service to the company.

The Home Ownership Scheme is seen as an initiative by the PNG Ports Management to attracting, retaining and motivating staff in its endeavors to improving and maintaining staff performance levels.

Creative Designer, Michael Rengis, who has worked five years with PNG Ports, thanked the company for the benefit.

“After working with other organisations, owning a home has always been a dream, but now it will become a reality,” Mr Rengis said.

He said saving up for the equity for a loan was perhaps the hardest step to owning a home, and thanked PNG Ports for providing this.

“Owning a house will be a big benefit to me and my family and I commend PNG Ports for the opportunity.  I look forward to continue working for PNG Ports and to give my best at work because we are fortunate to benefit from this Scheme,” he said.

PNG Ports gives POM Hospital early Christmas present

Laying on a sick bed may not be merry during Christmas, but joy bells sounded as PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNGPCL) gave the Port Moresby General Hospital an early Christmas present.

The gift, in the form of an Ultrasound Scanner worth almost K150,000.00 will benefit thousands of ordinary Papua New Guineans with heart problems.

The scanner, a multipurpose device to be used for emergency cardiac scanning, can perform cardiac (heart), lungs, abdomen, major arteries and veins, liver and gallbladder, spleen, kidneys, urinary bladder and uterus (females) scans.

It will complement the dated scanner currently being used at the nation’s main referral hospital.

“Human life is priceless and PNG Ports stands ready as a corporate citizen with a greater purpose to help our people,” said PNGPCL acting Managing Director, Stanley Alphonse.

PMGH specialist emergency physician, Dr Bobby Wellsh and PMGH consultant physician and cardiologist, Dr Leslie Kawa, who received the gift on behalf of the hospital, said it was a timely gift to the people of PNG.

The doctors, who see up to 25 patients daily who require the use of the scanner, said they had ‘personally struggled’ to get their jobs done but sadly, lives of few patients had been lost.

“With the scanner, lives will be saved because decisions for patients can now be made at the point of care, the bedside,” said Dr Wellsh.

PNGPCL Board Chairman, Nathaniel Poya, said the shortage of medical professionals combined with the deteriorating facilities and lack of equipment was a major issue faced by government run health facilities.

 “Lives have been lost and people continue to suffer from health problems that can be treated when given the correct medical attention,” he said.

“PNG Ports is happy to help because we are contributing towards the strengthening of the Government’s vision of developing the health sector as per policy guidelines.”

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.

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