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.

PNG Ports donates funds from charity contest

Two charitable organisations are the lucky ones to benefit from a ‘charity fund raiser’ spearheaded by PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports).

Port Moresby-based Life PNG Care Inc and the Simbu Children’s Foundation shared a total of K2, 693 raised from the charity contest.

The fund raiser saw members of the PNG Ports Management Team pledge money for Lae Port’s Business Manager, Felix Bauri, to trim his hair and beard.

The fund raiser, which was initiated in June this year by the PNG Ports Executive Management Team, is a workplace campaign seen as a fun way of uniting employees around a common goal to work together to inspire charitable community investment.

Funds raised will be given off to charity to promote PNG Ports’ commitment to supporting charitable organisations through its partnership and network with stakeholders.

Managing Director of PNG Ports, Stanley Alphonse, said PNG Ports promoted community and stakeholder engagement and the fund raiser was a way to involve staff members in this.

“The amount raised was purely a donation from staff who gave from the heart and we hope that the money will achieve the good purpose of serving the less fortunate,” Mr Alphonse said.

“Achieving company milestones and development goals has its rewards, but working together as a team to give a hand to help humanity is more rewarding,” he said.

He also thanked Mr Bauri for participating in the charity contest.

So far this year, PNG Ports has spent almost K200, 000 in sponsorship and donations with a good amount of this going towards charity.

PNG Ports is a state owned entity and is the gateway to bringing goods and services to the people through its role as the premier maritime trade facilitator in the region.

Both charity organisations who were recipients of K1, 346.50 each focus on equipping and empowering the future generation of PNG through educating and assisting unfortunate children.

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.