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NMSA begins Consultations & Awareness workshop on Merchant Shipping Bill - Papua New Guinea National Maritime Safety Authority

The National Maritime Safety Authority will be holding a series of National Consultation & Awareness workshops for the Merchant Shipping Bill 2023.
The proposed Bill is a legal policy reform targeted at enhancing the compliance regime of the current Merchant Shipping Act 1975.
General Manager/ CEO Mr Paul Unas said the proposed Bill is formulated to address the issues of outdated provisions, offences and fines which are no longer deterring unlawful activities in the shipping industry
Mr Unas added that from these consultations the team can gather as many recommendations as possible and work to introduce various legislative frameworks to address the emerging trends of threats to maritime safety where navigation at sea is concerned and that to be consistent with international standards
“These workshops will enable the NMSA to better understand our stakeholders’ views with the aim of strengthening the proposed reform to enable an efficient business environment for the maritime transport sub-sector,” he emphasized
The NMSA’s Legal Department is heading this consultative workshop that is to start this month in selected Maritime Provinces in the country. Earlier in April, the team held close consultations with some Government stakeholders including the Office of the State Solicitor, the Department of Transport, PNGPORTS, PNG Customs and the National Fisheries Authority
The proposed dates for the open/external consultations with the maritime and shipping industry start with the ENB Shipping community from May 1-3rd at the Gazelle International Hotel, then to the New Ireland province from May 8-10th at the Kavieng Niu Lodge
The consultations will continue from May 15-17th to Lae, Morobe Province at the Lae International Hotel, followed by Madang from May 22-24th at the Madang Resort Hotel, and then to Alotau from May 29-31st at the Alotau International Hotel. They will conclude here in Port Moresby from June 5-7th at the APEC Haus.

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