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  • DoT Port visit at Puma Energy

    MTAP Port Visit

    Officers in the Maritime Technical Assistance Program observing ISPS security application at Puma Energy's port facility.

  • The Project for Capacity Development of DoT in port policy and administration

    Capacity Development Program

    DoT Maritime officers with JICA experts on a port facility survey as part of the Capacity Development Program on Port Policy and Administration

  • Moresby Express an ISPS compliant ship

    ISPS Compliant Ships

    Maritime Security Division enforces the ISPS code in PNG via the Merchant Shipping (Maritime Security) Regulation 2005

  • TSPU officer at Jackson's airport, Port Moresby

    Transport Security Policy Unit

    TSPU officer from DoT at Jackson's airport

Outlined hereunder are the procedures required as per the Maritime Transport Division.

Preference will continue to be given to:

► Qualified person or company intending to operate a commercial ship registered in Papua New Guinea and seeking to buy a Coasting Trade Permit or Coasting Trade Licence or existing licence holders.

► Foreign companies which incorporate with Papua New Guinea Investment Promotion Authority and have its principle place of business in Papua New Guinea.
By fulfilling the above qualification of ownership,

► Owners will complete and lodge formal application form that should be duly completed coupled with the Ship Specification, Registry Certificate and valid survey certificate inclusive of a letter advising the Department of the applicant’s proposed shipping activities and proposed trade routes in Papua New Guinea coastal waters.

Upon completion of the above requirements, the Administration will determine the evaluation process of the vessels requirements.  If the application is considered to be in good order; an invoice will be raised to the applicant for issuance of Coasting Trade Permit.  Whilst the original documents will be brought before the Coasting Trade Committee meeting to further deliberate on it.  The Coasting Trade Committee will then make recommendations to the Minister for final approval.

Where a ship is under charter, the ships documents including the charter party Agreement must be verified by National Maritime Safety Authority to be in order and an endorsement letter to be provided and must accompany the application.

A foreign registered vessel that is intending to operate in PNG coastal waters will only be issued with a Temporary Coasting Permit (Coasting Trade Permit) upon satisfaction of the above required.  The duration of the Coasting Trade Permit shall be granted not exceeding one year, normally on six (6) months basis.

A PNG registered vessel is issued with the Coasting Trade License to operate in compliance with the license condition.  The vessel will be issued with the Coasting Trade Permit to carrying out shipping activities that are not in the Coasting Trade License condition.

The duration of licenses are subject to the condition of the vessels and can be granted for a period not exceeding eight (8) years and not less than one year.

In the event that the license is approved by the Minister, the applicant will be advised accordingly of the Decision to introduce the vessel into the appropriate route to provide shipping services.  Licensing fees will be notified to the applicant prior to processing and endorsement of the Coasting Trade License by the Secretary.


Coasting Trade License fees

Papua New Guinea Registered vessel K 6.00 per metre or part of a metre.

Foreign Registered vessel K 10.00 per metre or part of a metre.

Coasting Trade Permit fees

Papua New Guinea Registered vessel  K6.00 per metre or part of a metre.

Foreign Registered vessel  K10.00 per metre or part of a metre.

The fee of K200.00 per voyage also applies to all cruise ships above 10metres, however, this fee would be for the whole duration of time the vessel operates in the country.

All yachts are non-commercial vessels and are exempted from Coasting Trade Permit or its fees.

Secretary's Foreword

In July 2013, the current Government approved the National Transport Strategy (NTS) which comprises the 2014-2030 Policy and related Investment Plan (2014-2018) as our road map for the Transport Sector in PNG. The NTS specifies the sub sector modal policies, plans and priority projects that have been identified by the sector agencies for delivery.

Department of Transport will continue to be the lead agency in the Coordination& Monitoring of the NTS and in developing transport sector policies, identifying and setting strategies, Planning & Budgeting and Monitoring & Coordination of those Policies and Plans for the three modes of transportation: air, land and sea in PNG.

The 2014 elevation of the former Ministry of Transport, under the Prime Minister's Ministerial Determinations, to the new Ministry of Transport & Infrastructure in the coordination of key transport infrastructures approved by the Government has challenged the Department's preparedness to take on the added responsibility.

However, this does not change our aspirations to focus on the Department of Transport's vision by striving to improve on our consultation and collaboration with our many stakeholders and partnering with the industry and communities to facilitate the delivery of a well-integrated, safe and sustainable transport system in PNG.

Our Secretary

Department of Transport & Infrastructure Secretary

Roy Mumu, OBE

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