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Health & Safety

LNG vessel rescues castaway off PNG coast

LEADING LNG vessel owner Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) reports that one of its vessels has rescued a castaway off the PNG coastline. MOL’s president and CEO Junichiro Ikeda revealed today that on November 26, the MOL-operated LNG carrier LNG Fukurokuju safely rescued a castaway 330km off New Ireland. Releasing details of the rescue, the company said that: At 16:30on November 26, the LNG Fukurokuju, while underway northeast of New

UPNG medical students fulfill rural placement on YWAM Medical ship

THREE of Papua New Guinea’s upcoming doctors have been getting critical exposure and experience in PNG’s rural villages in Oro and Milne Bay Provinces over the last three weeks while aboard the YWAM Training and Medical Ship, MV YWAM PNG. The final year University of Papua New Guinea medical students, Jemimah Taganny, Georgina Matengim, and Margaret Maku, are completing their final rural placement before they graduate in April. The students have

PNG Mining industry and MRA set safety record

THE Papua New Guinea Mining Industry recorded a fatality free 2017 in terms of safety standards, according to the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA). This means that the Fatality Frequency Rate (FFR) was zero and that there was no loss of lives in 2017 in any of the regulated mining projects in the country. This is a record that has never been achieved since 2008. Records show that the FFR started

Hydroelectric Project providing life-saving assistance to Nazarene Hospital

Since the establishment of the Nazarene Hospital’s hydroelectric project in Kudjip, Jiwaka Province, the hospital has saved thousands of kina in power bills, improved the safety of its patients and equipment and maintained a regular power supply. The innovative project was funded through a PGK10 million grant by the Papua New Guinea-Australia Incentive Fund in 2011. The hydroelectric project diverts water from a nearby river and funnels the water down

PNG LNG facilities shutting down to assess earthquake effects

OIL Search reports  that the PNG LNG facilities in Papua New Guinea’s Highlands are being shut down as a safety precaution following a major earthquake in the regio. The 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck in the early hours of this morning in the PNG Highlands. There have also been a series of aftershocks. Oil Search said it is presently confirming that all personnel have been accounted for and to date no

World Bank backs PNG Rural Services Delivery Project

The Rural Service Delivery Project has been officially launched  to support 19 Districts across 5 Provinces improve community access to basic infrastructure and services. The ceremony, held at the Department of Provincial and Local Government Affairs (DPLGA), was attended by the Minister for Inter-Government Relation Hon. Kevin Isifu, and representatives from the Australian High Commission, the World Bank and line government agencies. “This project will work with communities to develop

PNG resource projects to compete in Emergency Response Challenge

The town of Madang will host more than 200 participants from various mining and petroleum companies from October 02nd to the 04th for the PNG Extractive Industries Emergency Response Challenge (EIERC). Formerly known as the National Mining Emergency Response Challenge organised by the Mineral Resources Authority, the Challenge, now under the stewardship of the PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum, will see nine teams being tested on their emergency response

PNG Mining sector records improved safety performance

The mining industry in PNG has achieved improved its safety efforts in the 2nd quarter of 2017, according to the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA). Statistics provided by the MRA show there was a decrease in the fatality frequency rate (FFR) by 100 %, while man-hours increased by 19% in this quarter when compared with the same reporting period in 2016. Similarly, serious injury frequency rates significantly decreased by 60%, the

Major upgrade for PNG hospital to benefit thousands

MORE than 70,000 people, many of them women and children from Kudjip and surrounding areas, are set to benefit from new upgrades to the Nazarene Hospital. The Papua New Guinea Australia Partnership, through the Incentive Fund has provided K8 million to the Nazarene Health Ministries to improve health services for people of Jiwaka and nearby provinces. Together with Nazarene Health Ministries counterpart funding of K2 million, the upgrades will include

PM thanks World Bank for healthcare support

The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has thanked the World Bank for its commitment to strengthening healthcare in Papua New Guinea. In particular, the Prime Minister said he appreciates the efforts of World Bank staff to step-up the fight against tuberculosis in affected areas. The Prime Minister made the comments after meeting with Mr. Michael Kerf, World bank Country Director for Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby this