Pilotage waived for ship

National, Normal

The National, Monday 6th May 2013

 PNG Ports Corporation Ltd has waived all pilotage charges for an Australian medical ship providing services in various parts of the country.

As part of the entity’s community service initiative, Ports has granted exemption for the Youth With A Mission (YWAM) medical ship MV Pacific Link when it stops over between this month and October.

Chief executive Stanley Alphonse said: “As a responsible corporate citizen, PNGPCL is happy to waive all pilotage charges for Youth With A Mission’s medical ship when it arrives in PNG and to respective provinces in the country. 

“PNG Ports is committed to ensuring needed services are delivered to the ordinary citizens of PNG. As such, I am pleased to offer support to YWAM’s medical ship and its plans for the ship’s tour to the remote parts of PNG.

“It is a wonderful venture that will provide much needed health care assistance to many people.”

Captain Jeremy Schierer of the YWAM medical ship said in a letter to PNG Ports: “The support of PNG Ports for the YWAM medical ship by waiving pilotage fees in past years has been a substantial enabler in continuing the work of the ship in PNG.” 

The ship was due to arrive in Port Moresby last Saturday for another season of medical work, training and community development in PNG.

YWAM is a worldwide Christian movement operating in more than 1,000 locations in over 180 countries, with more than 25,000 fulltime staff since 1960.