National Maritime Safety Authority (NMSA)

Samb: NMSA Needs More Funds

He made this call when presenting the NMSA Report in Parliament yesterday. Mr Samb said the Government grant to NMSA was to the tune of only K2 million on average annually.

“I would like to seek support from the Finance Minister to ensure that sufficient funding is always made available to NMSA so the Authority is able to fully execute its functions of maritime safety and protection of marine environment,” he said.

NMSA Aims To Improve Safety

Data and information are pivotal for planning and making strategic decisions and utilized for risk management. Trends and information derived from this can be used to effectively improve service delivery and mitigate and improve maritime related incidents, accidents and disasters.

Samb on Jomard Passage

Jomard Passage is located in the waters of Milne Bay Province, along the Louisiade Archipelago and the passage that connects the Solomon’s Sea with the Coral Sea. It is a mandatory pilotage and maritime conservation area, a decision approved by the National Executive Council.

Minister Samb said the issue regarding Jomard Passage is one he seeks to rectify in his term as Minister.

He has urged the stakeholders and leaders of the province to come together and mobilize the people within the area to come to an agreement in the coming stakeholders meeting in the province.

​PNG Ports boss reappointed to board

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.