PNG Ports to relocate soon


THE PNG Ports head office will soon be moved to Motukea as part of the port’s relocation, acting managing director Stanley Alphonse says.
Alphonse told The National that the company would be renting some accommodation in town while it facilitated the relocation.
“We will move the head office pretty soon, we will rent some accommodation in town and we will ultimately ensure that Kumul Consolidated Holdings (KCH), that is now the landlord of the area, will take charge of planning the progress for the next round of developments that will take place.”
The K800 million Motukea Port was launched in July last year and relocation is the beginning of its expansion on Motukea Island.
KCH had signed an agreement with Bank South Pacific to facilitate the K800 million loan, which included the acquisition of land and relocation from Fairfax Harbour.
“The coastal side of the business is already relocated and it’s now operating at Motukea,” Alphonse said.
“The progress with the new international facility is on track and we anticipate having an international facility with ship-to-shore equipment in place by September or October next year.
“In terms of the construction at Motukea, the international tender process was conducted and Curtain Bros is constructing the facility.
“Once we get the international terminal operators, they will operate it. The operators have come and seen it and they are comfortable with the structure and they will have it operated.
Alphonse said tender for the terminal operators was ongoing and the Government would make a decision in due time.

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