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‘Shipowners Association Reinvigorated’

The PNG Coastal Ship Owners Association is mapping out a plan to ensure that PNG benefits from a vibrant and first rate domestic shipping industry.

The PNG Coastal Ship Owners Association is on a path to reinvigoration following its first AGM in more than five years on 22 July. The Association now has a fresh executive and a raft of leading companies as new members. Most importantly it is mapping out a plan to ensure that PNG benefits from a vibrant and first rate domestic shipping industry.

Coastal shipping is critical to the development of PNG given its numerous islands and extensive coastline (80 percent of PNG’s provinces are coastal). The essential nature of coastal shipping is compounded by PNG’s limited road network as well as by expensive air freight. In many cases, whether its transporting fresh produce from the highlands to Port Moresby, or transferring internationally imported plant and equipment to mining companies, coastal shipping is often a central (and sometimes the only) transport option.

Incoming Chairman of the Association, Managing Director of Pacific Project Logistics, James Midgley emphasises the importance of coastal shipping. “We are an industry that not only provides essential services to the people, businesses and government of PNG, we also provide employment and training to thousands of PNG men and women. Furthermore, right now with PNG’s rapidly increasing rates of Corona Virus cases, it is worth acknowledging the vital contribution that our industry plays in the distribution of food, medicine, medical equipment and PPE.”

2020 members of the newly invigorated Association represent an array of ship owners as well as shipping industry entities. They include: AGMARK, Coastal Shipping Company, Consort Express Lines, Oktedi Mining, Pacific Project Logistics, Pacific Towing, P&O Maritime, R&A Marine Services, Smit Lamnalco, South Sea Lines and Svitzer.

“We are looking forward to engaging and working with numerous government institutions such as the National Maritime Safety Authority, Department of Transport, Department of Higher Education, Research, Science & Technology and PNG Ports” says Association Vice Chairman and General Manager of Pacific Towing, Neil Papenfus. “So too are we keen to engage and work with a range of other stakeholders including stevedores, agents, custom clearance agents, brokers, transport companies, port operators, training institutions and unions for the purpose of developing our industry, including a specific focus on safety, training standards, gender equality and efficiency.”

The PNG Coastal Ship Owners Association is open to further membership. To learn more about the Association including how you can become a member please email: CSOAINC.PNG@gmail.com

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