GDP recruit thanks PNG Ports for lifeline program

PNG Ports Corporation Limited’s (PNG Ports) graduate development program (GDP) is and will certainly be a lifeline for the organisation.

Leon Soka, a participant who was recruited for the 2016-2017 program, said “it is our conviction (belief) that the PNG Ports GDP is and will certainly be a lifeline of PNG Ports that will serve as an important succession planning tool for the organisation going forward.”

“And not only is PNG Ports contributing toward its staff capacity building through its GDP. The investment in the GDP is also serving the common national development goals of human resource development which is also a milestone of PNG Ports as a corporate entity,” Mr. Soka said these when making a short speech on behalf of five (5) other colleagues during a small graduation ceremony at the PNG Ports Head Office.

Mr. Soka thanked the Board and Management of PNG Ports for the trust and confidence that the management had in them during the recruitment process.

He and his colleagues namely Frank Timothy, Gareth Daingo, Theobel Amoba, Wizinga Gamorika (Operations at the Motukea Port) and Joshua Joseph (Infrastructure Division) and Leon Soka himself (Human Capital  Department) successfully completed the 18 months GDP in October this year and were presented Certificates in their respective roles and careers.

Eighteen (18) months ago, on 11th of April 2016, when Leon and his other five (5) participants first walked through the corridors of PNG Ports, the atmosphere surrounding their movements were ionised with excitement and joy with a mixture of nervous feelings. Mr. Soka spoke of his experience back then.

They were so eager to know about the new challenges they would face and as much as possible be a part of PNG Ports whose story is as old as the history of the country, Papua New Guinea, and it was indeed an honour and a privilege for them to be part of this renowned organisation.

“We are grateful and we will always treasure what this great organisation has done for us as long as the sea waves of the Pacific Ocean continue to knock on the jetties and wharves in all the 15 ports throughout the country,” Mr. Soka said.

He said that at the time of their recruitment, they knew for sure that there were so many graduates from all other universities in the country who had also applied for the PNG Ports GDP, considering PNG Ports as an employer of choice.

“But we also believe it was not by chance that graduates are selected, rather it was because of the reason behind the ultimate business aspirations of this renowned organisation that graduates are selected accordingly, for everything in this world happens for a reason.”

“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, etc.”

“You have provided us with the necessary tools and facilities, and taught us the art of how to use what we had in us; our knowledge and aptitudes, and most importantly the necessary job skills that we have learnt during our GDP tenure,” Mr. Soka said.

Such a feeling would not have been possible without the time and mentorship of the hard working staff especially the respective Team Leaders and Managers of “our” respective Divisions.

Wewak Port undergo some maintenance works

Wewak Port (pictured) in East Sepik Province has recently undergone some maintenance works to its main wharf and other facilities as well.

Four super cell fenders were installed on the main wharf under the supervision of engineers from PNG Ports' Infrastructure Division and Operations Division from October 23 to November 4, 2017.

The installed fenders comprised of steel frames (2660mm x 11OOmm x 200mm) with frontal pads and 8 circular type rubber mounted to them (2 per fender) with lifting lugs.

The existing fenders (13 in total) were installed in 2009 with new M24 bolts being installed replacing the old ones.

The initial works involved the coring of new holes into the concrete to suit M24 bolts using a hired coring machine from Savcor Australia with an operator.

Prior to the installation works the team comprising Operations Coordinator-Repair & Maintenance, Mr. Paskalis lnamete and a technical staff went through the safety toolbox procedures, issuance of safety gears and the signing of the JSA witnessed by the Business Manager-Wewak Port, Mr. Vincent Koesi.

Mobilsation and familiarisation then followed through with the team preparing all parts and gears including a 10 ton forklift to assist with the works.

Mr. lnamete and team also Inspected other engineering works including the damaged cope beam, water pump installation, catwalk replacement, defected light pole and storage yard inspection which were all attended to simultaneously.

Wewak port, owned by PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports), is one of 23 declared ports In Papua New Guinea.PNG Ports owns and operates 15 of the 23 declared ports which includes Wewak port.

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.

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