Ports Australia has welcomed Papua New Guinea (PNG) Ports Corporation, Victorian Ports Corporation, and Aurecon as the newest members of its association.
PNG Ports Corporation is a state-owned authority, serving the South Pacific nation as its gateway to the world. It owns and operates 15 of the 22 declared ports in the country and provides berthage, wharfage, pilotage and harbour management services.
In a statement Mike Gallacher, CEO of Ports Australia said, “At Ports Australia, we envision a future where Australian ports share a relationship with their South Pacific counterparts which fosters collaboration and results in creative problem solving.”
“We know that while many ports share the same challenges – and there’s plenty of challenges with COVID-19 continuing to loom – they don’t always share the same solutions, which is where knowledge sharing becomes so vital.”
Managing Director of PNG Ports, Fego Kiniafa, said, “This forum provides the perfect platform for PNG Ports to discuss and address our issues and challenges in the port and maritime services sector, and be on par with the best practices and standards in the industry.”
Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) is the Victorian State Government authority responsible for the management of commercial shipping in Port Phillip, safe navigation in the port waters of the Port of Melbourne, waterside emergency and marine pollution response, and the management of Station Pier as Victoria’s premier cruise shipping facility.
The addition of Victorian Ports as a full member to Ports Australia brings another body with expertise in vital infrastructure-related services for trade, tourism and safety.
Aurecon, Ports Australia’s newest associate member, is a company specialising in the reimagining of engineering, design and advisory. They serve an international cliental, including several international ports.