PNG Ports’ Board Chairman knighted, staff awarded

Businessman and Chairman of PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports), Nathaniel Poya is the latest knight to be appointed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

Bestowed the Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE), the humble businessman and Chairman of the fast growing State Owned Enterprise (SOE) will now be addressed as Sir Nathaniel.

Sir Nathaniel was officially knighted on December 8 at the Buckingham Palace in England by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

He was recognised for his contribution to business and PNG Ports in the Queen’s Birthday honours and joins a list of Papua New Guineans that were honoured for their services to the country.

Sir Nathaniel, who is serving his second term as Chairman of the PNG Ports Board, was given the award for providing the leadership and guidance to the SOE that had seen much growth in its business in the last five years.

The milestone achievements include some impact projects with an accumulative cost of over K1.6 billion at key ports in the country. They are:

  1. The successful negotiation and contract with Exxon Mobil for pilotage, line and security operations at its Caution Bay operations outside of Port Moresby
  2. The Relocation and Construction of Motukea Port Facility worth over K300 million
  3. The Lae Tidal Basin and Huon Industrial Park developments worth over K800 million and K300 million respectively
  4. Current construction of the 18-storey Head Office complex worth over K25 million
  5. Ongoing rehabilitation of smaller ports and existing facilities worth over K200 million

“On behalf of the management and staff of PNG Ports, I would like to extend our congratulations to Sir Nathaniel Poya and his family for this award. The award is timely and most fitting for a man of his calibre who has contributed immensely to the economy through business.”

“We at PNG Ports will continue to support him and work with him as he continues to provide the excellent leadership at Board level and in business in general in PNG, “ Managing Director of PNG Ports, Stanley Alphonse said.

 “Sir Nathaniel’s devotion to his passions in business, contribution to social development and community empowerment, has been recognised.”

“We are proud of this achievement and look forward to continue working with Sir Nathaniel to improve the lives of fellow Papua New Guineans through the business of PNG Ports,” Mr Alphonse added.

Also recognized for services to SOE’s was Helen Rupa, who is employed as an Executive Assistant to the Chief Infrastructure Officer at PNG Ports.

Ms Rupa was accorded the Medal of the Order of the British Empire for Meritorious Service, usually referred to as the British Empire Medal (BEM).

She is a long serving staff member at PNG Ports having clocked 20 years with the Infrastructure Division which is responsible for delivering port infrastructure projects.

Ms Rupa’s two decade experience in compiling and filing the paper work for all projects such as Tender documents, Board submissions, organising payment and raising Purchase Orders, sorting out project proposals, preparing project documents for the boss’ signature, organising meetings, taking the division’s meeting minutes, organising travels, taking phone call messages and the endless list of office tasks, ensures that projects were completed on time and that documentations were in order.

While congratulating Ms Rupa for being recognised through the award, Mr Alphonse commended her for the years served at PNG Ports, and contributing to the company’s continuity and stability.

Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture signs MOA with PNG Ports

PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports) has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture (WGJV), in relation to a potential site at Lae for a land/water interface to dewater and stockpile concentrate from its proposed Wafi-Golpu project in Morobe Province for easy shipment to overseas markets.

In a MOA signed last week during the PNG Mining & Petroleum Conference, PNG Ports granted WGJV the exclusive right to deal with PNG Ports in relation to the potential site, and to access the site to conduct further studies regarding the site’s suitability as a port facility.

“PNG Ports recognises the importance of the Wafi-Golpu project in the context of PNG’s economic growth and acknowledges that the provision of land and water interface is a critical component of the Wafi-Golpu Project value chain,” said PNG Ports Managing Director, Stanley Alphonse.

“PNG Ports is happy to provide this critical component in the construction and operations of the Wafi-Golpu project going forward.  Such arrangements will go toward supporting PNG Ports’ strategy of developing the K300 million Huon Industrial Park in Lae,” he said.

PNG Ports has invested over K300 million into the 400ha Industrial Park located at the western end of Portion 508.

Expected to be completed by the end of 2018, the Industrial Park addresses some of the key impediments to economic growth and places Lae, the nation’s industrial hub, in a strong position for future growth.

The Industrial Park intends to service both dry and wet bulk trade and will comprise of warehouses suitable for heavy and light industries, commercial and small warehousing, hardstand for container and equipment storage, fuel, oil and gas tank farms, power generation, sewerage and effluent treatment.

There are also long term plans to build accommodation, recreation areas, firefighting and chemical containment facilities, hospital/clinic, church, counselling, and security and police facilities to service industry located with the Industrial Park.

Graduates pledge to give best to PNG Ports

Last year, six fresh University graduates walked through the corridors of PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports) with a mixture of feelings; nervousness, excitement and joy.

Eighteen months on, they looked bolder, having a different version of feelings, equipped with job skills and training, it was a feeling of satisfaction and completeness.

The six graduated recently from the PNG Ports Graduate Development Program (GDP) after undergoing 18 months of vigorous hands-on work experience.

Adding on to their excitement, they were also confirmed to take up permanent employment with PNG Ports.

Speaking on behalf of the graduates, Leon Soka, thanked the PNG Ports management for having confidence in them to take part in the highly competitive program.

“We (graduates) came in with nothing, no job experiences, we were novices except our theoretical knowledge and concepts that we gained from university studies,” Mr Soka said.

“Despite that, you had confidence and trust in us and showed us the path to professional career development.  PNG ports not only taught us the know-hows of our career pathways but further helped us to know what’s within us, our potentials.”

“From this experience, we are proud to be part of the GDP that will serve as an important succession planning tool for PNG Ports going forward and will always give our best,” he said.

Managing Director, Stanley Alphonse, congratulated the graduates on their appointments and urged them to work together to contribute to the growth and development of PNG Ports.

The GDP was established to assist graduates to be developed as future managers and professional career employees with PNG Ports.

For more information on our GDP, visit our website

PNG Ports asks graduates to be ethical, practical

PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports) has challenged its graduates to be ethical, practical and perform to lift standards.

During the recent graduation of last year’s six intakes under the PNG Ports Graduate Development Program (GDP), the graduates, who will now work with PNG Ports after completing 18 months of the Program, were told to be different in order to make a difference.

Managing Director of PNG Ports, Mr Stanley Alphonse told the graduates to have an open perspective of things and be willing to learn and be critical.

“Be open minded, maintain work ethics and lift your game at work. Try to bring in the difference that PNG Ports seeks,” he said.

“PNG Ports employs the best and the onus is now on you (graduates) to follow standards but do better to lift these standards as PNG Ports is a company that has been achieving milestones.”

“It is encouraging that we have employed young people of your caliber and with the future in mind, it is now your turn to make your mark for the company,” he added.

The GDP, run by the Human Capital Department, is part of the company’s mordernisation drive to recruit fresh graduates who will make up a younger generation of staff who will be trained for 18 months to lead and drive the organization into the future.

Mr Alphonse commended the successful running of the program as many staff members who came through the GDP were currently high performers.

The GDP was established to assist graduates to be developed as future managers and professional career employees with PNG Ports.

For more information on our GDP, visit our website



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