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Legislation Review - Papua New Guinea National Maritime Safety Authority

The National Maritime Safety Authority (“NMSA”) invites maritime stakeholders to participate in National Consultation & Awareness workshop of the Merchant Shipping Bill 2023 (“Bill”). The proposed Bill is a legal policy reform targeted at enhancing the compliance regime of the Merchant Shipping Act 1975. Moreover, the proposed Bill is formulated to solve the issue of outdated provisions, offences and fines which are no longer deterring unlawful activities in the shipping industry and to introduce proposed legislative framework to address the emerging trends in shipping and navigation at sea.

The National Consultation and Awareness workshops will enable us to better understand our stakeholder’s views with the aim of strengthening the proposed reform for the maritime transport sub-sector. Hence, the NMSA will be hosting the series of awareness workshops as per the following table to provide an opportunity for the stakeholders to appreciate the proposed Bill.

The proposed dates for the planned close consultation with the Government stakeholders are as follows:

Dates Stakeholders Consultation Venue
17th April Office of the State Solicitor Airways DC Room 1
18th April Department of Transport Airways DC Room 1
19th April PNG Ports Corporation Limited Airways DC Room 1
20th April PNG Customs Services & Department of Lands & Physical Planning Airways DC Room 1
21st April National Fisheries Authority Airways DC Room 1

The proposed dates for the open/external consultation with the shipping industry are as follows:

Dates Stakeholder Consultation Venue
1-3rd May ENB Shipping Community Gazelle International
8 – 10th May NIP Shipping Community Kavieng New Lodge
15th – 17th May Morobe Shipping Community Lae International Hotel
22nd -24th May Madang Shipping Community Madang Resort
29th -31st May Alotau Shipping Community Alotau International
5th – 7th June Port Moresby Shipping Community APEC Haus, Port Moresby

Obtain your copy of the draft proposed Legislation including its Concept Paper and Explanatory Notes below for your appreciation, review and feedback during the consultation period.

  1. Merchant Shipping Bill Consultation Concept Paper; and
  2. Merchant Shipping Bill 2023

All responses to the proposed legislation are to be submitted before Friday 30th June, 2023 at 4pm to –

  1. Legislation@nmsa.gov.pg; or
  2. Post Office mail – The Legal Services Manager
    National Maritime Safety Authority
    P.O Box 668,
    National Capital District
    Attention: Senior Legal Officer-Legislation

For further queries and to confirm your attendance, please call our staff on 305 4605.

We look forward to receiving your confirmation of attendance by 28th of April, 2023.

The NMSA will keep you updated on this page and through our social media pages.

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