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 Alphonse to the NMSA board.
Poya said the decision to allow Alphonse to continue 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,” 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.