Country’s eight main ports will be rehabilitated, says Duma


STATE Enterprises Minister William Duma says the country’s eight main ports built in 1975 will be rehabilitated.
He launched the PNG Ports Corporation Ltd 30-year ports infrastructure master plan yesterday, saying it provided an important blueprint that underpinned Australia’s financial support to PNG Ports. The Australian Government also signed a deal for a K1 billion (US$300 million) investment in PNG’s maritime port infrastructure.
“I want to reassure the government and people of Australia that the PNG Ports Corporation Ltd will work in consultation with the Australian High Commission to ensure all due diligence is undertaken to the satisfaction of the governments of Australia and PNG,” Duma said.
The 30-year ports infrastructure master plan is the first to be undertaken by PNG Ports.
“This plan will guide PNG Ports over the next 30 years to rehabilitate all its maritime port infrastructure,” Duma said.
“And by 2050, all PNG ports should have improved infrastructure compatible with modern industry and safety standards.”
The K1 billion is made up interest free grants and concessional financing.
The ports are in Kavieng, Kimbe, Motukea, Lorengau, Oro Bay, Daru, Vanimo and Lae.