The National, Thursday October 17th, 2013
PNG Ports Corporation Ltd’s (PNG Ports) performance improved last year, according to an analysis by Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC).
The ICCC analysis on 2012 PNG Ports minimum service standard report (MSSR) showed the port’s delivery performance for last year improved compared with the previous year.
“Under the existing PNG Ports regulatory contract (contract), the company is required to report annually to the commission its level of compliance to the minimum service standards for its 16 ports,” ICCC chief executive Dr Billy Manoka said in a statement last week.
The minimum service standards set out in the contract were:
- Wharves must be maintained;
- A suitable hardstand(s) must be maintained at each wharf or cause way;
- Roads and pavements within a wharf must be maintained in a well graded condition;
- Full telecommunication services must be supplied to port offices;
- Port Offices must be equipped with necessary equipment and manned;
- Electricity services must be reliable and available;
- Minimum security requirements; and
- Availability of water supply to reprovision vessels.
The analysis noted that all regulated ports, except Aitape and Daru ports, met the required minimum service standards.
PNG Ports was addressing the service requirements of Daru and Aitape ports.
The commission noted that there was an on-going rehabilitation project for Aitape and Daru ports and improved performances were expected from these two ports once the rehab was completed.