PNG Ports

K1.5b For Port Rehabilitation

Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison and Prime Minister James Marape met virtually on Friday, 21st of January to sign agreements for PGK1.5b (AUD$580 million) in upgrades and refurbishments to several priority ports.
Prime Minister Marape said the deal continued the support rendered under the PNG-Australia Comprehensive Strategic and Economic Partnership arrangement.

PNG Ports Welcomes Davage

Monica Manau, who has worked with PNG Ports for 43 years, was given the honour of christening PNG Ports’ latest Pilot Boat, named Davage, keeping with the tradition of marine vessels being christened by women.

The christening was done last Friday, 3rd December. Manau, who is with the Storage team at the Motukea Port, said it was an honour to play a significant role in this milestone event by PNG Ports. She joined PNG Ports, then known as the PNG Harbours Board, on January 1, 1979.

PNG Ports Pays Dividend

Totaling K20, 921, 465.00, this payment comes at the backdrop of last year’s net profit after tax of K83, 685, 862.

PNG Ports Board Chairman, Kepas Wali, said this payment was the outcome of prudent financial management and operational practices within PNG Ports.

He also announced that PNG Ports was in a stable financial position despite being affected immensely by the pandemic.

 “Even though the current economic conditions are tough, coupled with the pandemic and the unstable performances in the overall throughput volumes at the ports, we have performed well.

Ports Productivity Increases

In a statement, PNG Ports revealed that statistics released last month revealed that cargo volumes have gone up while vessel turnaround times have been reduced significantly by about 50%.

Both ports are managed by the International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) South Pacific.

In September 2017, PNG Ports and the government signed a 25-year terminal management agreement with the ICTSI Group to run these two port facilities. Lae port now trades as the South Pacific International Container Terminal (SPICT) and Motukea, as the Motukea International Terminal (MIT).

PPL and Hebou Signs K56m Deal

The terminal was constructed in 2018 at a cost of K300 million. After just  3 years the pavement covering the terminal has deteriorated to a stage that requires immediate remedial works to prevent further impact on traffic, and the health and safety of users and staff.

Board Chairman of PNG Ports, Kepas Wali said PNG Ports was looking forward to working with Hebou Construction on the safe delivery of the project.

PPL and Hebou Sign K56m Deal

The terminal was constructed in 2018 at a cost of K300 million. After just  3 years the pavement covering the terminal has deteriorated to a stage that requires immediate remedial works to prevent further impact on traffic, and the health and safety of users and staff.

Board Chairman of PNG Ports, Kepas Wali said PNG Ports was looking forward to working with Hebou Construction on the safe delivery of the project.

Upgrade Saves Ship

On August 15 at around 5pm,the KRI Bima Suci sent an emergency distress call which was picked up by the PNG Ports vessel tracking services team.

Managing Director of PNG Ports, Fego Kiniafa said clearance processes were initiated immediately and the vessel was remotely guided through the Basilisk Passage and into safe anchorage within the Fairfax Harbour.

“Distress calls from ships require the most urgent response but our restrictions in place surrounding COVID-19, along with the risk due to the Delta variant, made the situation different,” said Kiniafa. 

PNG Ports Assists Alotau Families

Almost K10,000 worth of items, including mattresses, bed spreads, buckets, storage containers, kitchen utensils, kerosene lamps, bags, torches, toiletries and baby essentials were presented to the town Mayor and Red Cross, as the humanitarian lead, who will be distributing the items to the families, on behalf of PNG Ports.

Managing Director of PNG Ports, Fego Kiniafa, said PNG Ports was assisting as a responsible corporate citizen with a port in Alotau.

“It is a dire situation given that a number of women and children have no shelter and basic essential items,” he said.

Cadets told to Uphold Discipline

The cadets, including three females, will become PNG Ports’ next generation of marine pilots and marine engineers.

Managing Director, Fego Kiniafa told the cadets, “The field you are embarking (on) is a highly specialised area and very focused on safety. You must have sober habits and a lot of discipline.”

“All trade in PNG starts with you guys and your journey starts now.

“You don’t bring in your vessel safely, it shuts down that particular port, it shuts down the entire country and it shuts down everything.

PNG Ports Recruits Cadets

Jemma Paeke, Jeremy Yaul, Shane Gabonen, Janice Semoso, Joseph Steven, Frank Morerei, Nason Dumo, Rayleen Inawasa and Linson Malonga signed their contracts with PNG Ports last week as maritime cadets and commenced their induction this week where they will get to know the business.

Under the maritime cadetship program, the cadets will be fully sponsored by PNG Ports for the duration of their studies at the Maritime College in Madang.