PNG Ports mourns Board Member

PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports) bid farewell to one of its highly experienced Board member, and senior citizen, Patrick Kalani Amini, in November.

The late director Amini, from Alukune in Rigo, Central Province, passed on at the good age of 66 at the Pacific International Hospital in Port Moresby on November 11 after a short illness.

He was appointed to the Board of PNG Ports on January 2013 bringing with him a wealth of experience after serving as the Chief Executive Officer for two other State Owned Enterprises (SOE) – PNG Power Limited and Water PNG.

By January next year, he would have served the PNG Ports board for six years.

During his funeral held at the Boroko United Church, Deputy Chairman of PNG Ports, Fabian Chow, spoke highly of the late Director’s contributions to the Board. 

“The experience and leadership late Amini brought to PNG Ports was immense. To all of us who worked with him, he was the guiding hand in the entire team. He was the last check in all the major decisions we made, the check and balance, if I may say so,” said Mr Chow.

“As a senior director, he contributed immensely towards PNG Ports’ milestone achievements in the operational and financial aspects of our business.” 

“His role in the life of the PNG Ports board will forever remain exemplary.”

“He was one of the best. He was indeed a great asset to the private sector, the government and the people of this country,” said Mr Chow.

At the time of his death, the late Amini, an Electrical Engineer by profession, had given a total of 43 years to the service of SOE’s; at least two thirds of his life.

He served PNG Power for 25 years, since January 1974, working in various positions including the Deputy General Manager and Chief Engineer for the PNG Electrical Commission (now PNG Power).  He was later appointed Chief Executive Officer in June 1989, a position he held for six years.

He then moved on to be the Executive Director of the Pacific Power Association in Suva, Fiji for three and a half years from July 1995 to December 1998.

Following that, he joined Water PNG as the Chief Executive and Managing Director, a position he held for 13 years from March 1999 to June 2012.

During his time at PNG Power and Water PNG, he was instrumental in the retailing of electricity and water services.

His tenure at PNG Power saw him complete the Warangoi, Pauanda, Ru Creek, Sohun and the multi-million kina Yonki dam hydro electric project.

He also saw the implementation of the prepayment electricity meters (Esipay meters), developed the company’s Strategic Planning, among other achievements.

At Water PNG, the late Amini completed the Madang, Kokopo, Lorengau, Kwikila, Mutzing, Bereina, and Wabag water supply projects, and did improvements to the Lae water supply system.

He implemented the Compliance and Licensing functions of Water PNG, and oversaw the developments of the Corporate and Strategic Planning for Water PNG, Draft National Water Policy, Draft Community Service Obligation Policy, Organisational Reforms and Change towards Corporatisation, and the Medium Term Corporate Plan and Priorities 2012 – 2015 and Water PNG Strategic Plan 2012 – 2030.

PNG Ports staff get immunized against polio

PNGPCL Polio immunisation exercisePNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports) employees were vaccinated against polio.

As a direct response to the polio outbreak in the country, PNG Ports is one of the first few companies to have its 500 plus staff receive polio vaccination.

The premier port services provider began the immunisation drive at its Head Office in Downtown, Port Moresby, on August 29.

Staff based at the newly opened Motukea Port located just outside Port Moresby, and Lae Port in Morobe will be next, followed by those at the rest of the 15 ports owned and operated by PNG Ports.

For Port Moresby, Pacific International Hospital was engaged to carry out the exercise, while the Lae International Hospital will assist Lae staff.  Similar arrangements will be made for the rest of the staff at outer ports.

Managing Director of PNG Ports, Mr Stanley Alphonse, said PNG Ports invests in the wellbeing of its employees and this initiative was just one of them to see its staff healthy and happy.

“The efforts by PNG Ports is in line with efforts by the Health Department to provide vaccination to children around the country following the outbreak of polio in the country after 18 years,” Mr Alphonse said.

“With the recent polio alert in the nation’s capital, we (PNG Ports) could not wait around until polio strikes one of our staff.”

 “Employees are the most important resource for any company and PNG Ports strives to ensure its employees are treated well and are kept motivated.  The employees can in turn value the company and remain productive, which will have an impact on how the company performs,” he said.

The immunisation drive is not the only initiative PNG Ports has taken to look into the health of its employees.

PNG Ports also provides medical cover for all its staff, rolls out the compulsory full medical and dental checks every year, and organises random screening and vaccination exercises for different illnesses such as tuberculosis and others.

PNG Ports has also assisted the health sector in the country by making available monetary donations to various hospitals, assisted health programs and meetings, and others.

The company also purchased a K150, 000 worth ultrasound scanner for the Port Moresby General Hospital’s Emergency Ward in 2016.

PNG Ports savings and loans society posts 100% profit

PNG Ports Corporation Limited Staff Savings and Loans Society posted a net operating profit of K279,926 in 2017, up by 100 percent from its 2016 performance and achieved an unqualified opinion on its 2017 Audit.

“This good result is due to the increased revenue generated from realisation of a full year rental on its property combined with a reduction in expenses of roughly 40 percent compared to 2016,” Chairwoman of the Board, Ms. Beverly Nelson said.

When presenting the annual report, Ms. Nelson said: “Based on this the society was able to transfer K69,981 to its general reserve which is again is in excess of over 100 percent in comparison to 2016 financial year.

We are also seeing a gradual increase in membership of 6 percent bringing the total membership to 533 in 2017 from 502 members in 2016”.

The society’s annual report highlighted that revenue increased to K544,517 in 2017, up from K373,039 in 2016. Administration fees from cessations and savings withdrawals also fell in 2017, demonstrating confidence in the Board and its Savings & Loans Team.

Total assets of the society increased by nine (9) percent to K6,588,163 in 2017 compared to 2016.

In the report, the society stated that similar to 2016, the aggregate statistics of the society shows growth in nearly all categories, while the overall portfolio for both loan and savings recorded a slight decrease as financial members ceased membership with the society.

The report noted that the society has strived to introduce innovative savings and loans products to increase both portfolios.

Total savings grew by eight (8) percent to K2,692,877  while total loan went up by 27 percent to K1,989,584 in 2017 compared to 2016.

“Let me thank the management of PNG Ports Corporation limited under the leadership of Managing Director Mr Stanley Alphonse for the continued support in subsidising major expenses of the society, also the my fellow Board members and Savings & Loans team for their continued support which has enabled the society to take great strides in its progress and relationship with its members and the regulator – the Bank of PNG,”Ms Nelson said.

PNG Ports to upgrade old main wharf for APEC 2018

PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNGPCL) is assisting the APEC 2018 Authority to upgrade the old main wharf at the Central Business District (CBD) of Port Moresby at the sum of K16 million for one of the three accommodation cruise ships.

On behalf of the APEC 2018 Authority, PNGPCL selected and signed a contract on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 with Curtain Brothers (CB) Group of Companies to upgrade the old main wharf for APEC 2018.

The APEC 2018 Authority requires adequate berthing facilities for the three large cruise ships coming to Port Moresby to provide accommodation for the delegates attending the APEC Leaders meeting in November this year as there are not enough hotel rooms in Port Moresby for the large number of delegates.

This approach has been successfully exercised for numerous meetings around the world and is common place these days to sufficiently increase accommodation capacity.

The APEC 2018 Authority sought help from PNGPCL in June 2017 to manage this project and PNGPCL has kindly agreed to supervise and organise the necessary construction works, in order to complete the wharf upgrades timely and successfully.

“PNGPCL is happy to assist the APEC 2018 Authority in its preparations to facilitate the three cruise ships. One cruise ship will be berthed at the new Motukea port while the other two will be berthed at the former Port Moresby Port’s container terminal wharf and old main wharf,” PNGPCL’s Managing Director, Mr. Stanley Alphonse said.

He said the two existing wharf facilities at the former Port Moresby port in the CBD (Downtown) require significant work to accommodate the large sized cruise ships, especially the bollard and fender systems need upgrading to safely berth large ships alongside.

Also taking into account possible large wind loading forces and the hefty dynamic momentum of the 265 metres long cruise ship itself during berthing and whilst being moored alongside.

Whilst the majority of the cost has been met by the Office of the Prime Minister and National Executive Council, PNGPCL has also contributed time, resources and approximately 10 percent of the overall cost as part of its community service obligation (CSO) program.

Payment has been done to the contractor and preparations for the construction works are currently going full speed ahead with the piling works to start soon and the date of completion set for August 2018.

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