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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

Security has several dimensions, including illegal trafficking across borders, declaration and payment of import duties, immigration control and biosecurity. There have been security incidents in the PNG aviation system such as armed hold-ups at airports and carrying of firearms aboard aircraft.

The Government has increased its aviation security surveillance and response capability in recent years and will continue to improve and extend its systems to provide comprehensive coverage of its air-land interface and security for PNG registered aircraft and for all aircraft travelling within PNG airspace commensurate with the assessed level of risk.

National Aviation Security Programme (NASP)

The National Aviation Security Programme (NASP), developed among the industry stakeholders, will form the guideline document for future improvements in aviation security, together with any compliance actions required by ICAO. The NASP includes an air operator security programme as legally required under Civil Aviation Rule 108 as part of operator certification.

International Conventions

Aviation security is governed by Annex 17 to the Chicago Convention and the security related aspects of Annex 9 (Facilitation). These Annexes set out a range of standards and recommended practices designed to safeguard against an act of unlawful interference with international civil aviation.

While the requirements of the Chicago Convention relate to international operations, the Government will apply similar measures to domestic civil aviation, as far as practicable and commensurate with the assessed level of risk.

Following an ICAO security audit in 2010, Government will agree and implement a compliance action plan with ICAO to redress any identified security issues.

Security Coordination

CASA will act as the coordinating agency for aviation security, liaising with other Government agencies such as the Police, PNG Defence Force, the Border Development Authority, Customs, Immigration and Department of Agriculture to avoid duplication and gaps in security screening. The Government will also coordinate and harmonize its security practices and systems in both its domestic and international air services with those of its neighbours in the Asia Pacific Region and with international good practice.

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