NMSA: Safety a priority in Bougainville’s waters

Source: Looppng Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Key initiatives implemented by the National Maritime Safety Authority (NMSA) over the last 12 months have helped to improve maritime safety in Bougainville.

The establishment of Bougainville’s Small Craft Registration Board and the introduction of a new Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), which covers all of PNG’s waters, were jointly funded by the Governments of Papua New Guinea and Australia.

Both governments recognise the critical role Bougainville’s waters play in promoting economic development and connecting communities to essential services.

The NMSA has worked with seafarers and the Autonomous Bougainville Government to improve safety at sea through the provision of safety equipment and establishment of small craft registries. Bougainville’s Small Craft Registration Board will oversee the registration and inspection of all small craft in the region.

The GMDSS was launched in May 2016 and provides a more effective communications system for marine safety.

NMSA CEO, Paul Unas, highlighted the benefits of these projects.

“The new communications system is of the utmost importance to the safety of vessels in Bougainville’s waters. These projects are a significant step forward for maritime safety,” Unas said.

NMSA has also worked hard to provide a deeper understanding of critical safety information to local communities. Recent training has included videos, demonstrations, pamphlets, comics and practical, hands-on sessions. Village elders on Nissan Island were pleased at the outreach to remote locations and participants explained how important maritime safety was for the island.

More than 200 people have been involved in learning about inspections, registration, licencing and other aspects of maritime safety.

Australian Government support for these projects is delivered through the Papua New Guinea-Australia Transport Sector Support Program (TSSP).

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Madang Climate Change Awareness Kicked Off With Billboards

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The recently established Madang Climate Change Committee has already kicked off awareness on climate change in the province, using billboards stationed at strategic locations of Madang’s five districts.

“The five awareness billboards are written both in English and Tok Pisin to enable the people in the community to read, and at the same time understand what climate change is all about,” the Madang Disaster Director, a member of the committee Rudolph Mongalee said.

The billboards outline the causes and effects of climate change and the adaptation measures.

Acting Managing Director of the National Climate Change and Development Authority, Joe Pokana, who officially unveiled the Madang District’s billboard said he will source funds to keep the committee on its feet, starting with one of the biggest climate change funding source, the Green Climate Fund.

“As of next week, I’ll be attending a regional meeting in Suva to ensure that PNG has a hope in getting those funds. Hopefully, those funds come in and with Madang already implementing, you should be able to secure some funding,” Pokana said.

The effects of climate change in the province are fast becoming both on the mainland and on the islands, and the committee hopes to get all the help it needs to help the people.

MAGNITUDE 5.8 VANUATU

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via MAGNITUDE 5.8 VANUATU — Earth Changing Extremities

Earthquake, Magnitude 6.4 – ADMIRALTY ISLANDS REGION, P.N.G. – 2016 July 25, 19:38:44 UTC

Magnitude: Mw 6.4, Region: ADMIRALTY ISLANDS REGION, P.N.G., Date time: 2016-07-25 19:38:44.6 UTC, Location: 2.97 S ; 148.09 E, Depth: 10 km.

Source: Earthquake, Magnitude 6.4 – ADMIRALTY ISLANDS REGION, P.N.G. – 2016 July 25, 19:38:44 UTC

Sir Arnold Amet urges govt to call off Papua New Guinea-pig mining experiment

ABC News Former PNG Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Sir Arnold Amet, has joined the campaign against Solwara 1, the deep sea mining project in the Bismarck Sea off New Ireland province which is due to start operations in 2018. He has accused the Mining Minister, Byron Chan, of granting the Canadian company Nautilus […]

via Sir Arnold Amet urges govt to call off Papua New Guinea-pig mining experiment — Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

MAGNITUDE 5.2 NEW IRELAND REGION, P.N.G.

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us20006hkg#executive Subject To Change Depth: 6 km Distances: 792 km NE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea / pop: 283,733 / local time: 05:50:00.0 2016-07-26 107 km NW of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea / pop: 26,273 / local time: 05:50:00.0 2016-07-26 88 km NW of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea / pop: 8,074 / local time: […]

via MAGNITUDE 5.2 NEW IRELAND REGION, P.N.G. — Earth Changing Extremities

Earthquake, Magnitude 4.9 – SOLOMON ISLANDS – 2016 July 24, 22:10:03 UTC

Magnitude: mb 4.9, Region: SOLOMON ISLANDS, Date time: 2016-07-24 22:10:03.9 UTC, Location: 7.24 S ; 155.24 E, Depth: 100 km.

Source: Earthquake, Magnitude 4.9 – SOLOMON ISLANDS – 2016 July 24, 22:10:03 UTC