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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (January 19, 1999 - PACNEWS/NBC)---Papua New Guinea is set to have what it claims will be the biggest shipyard east of Singapore.

The developers of the Poreporena Highway, Curtain Brothers, are building the multi-million kina shipyard on Motukea Island, at the northern end of Port Moresby's extensive harbor area.

The shipyard will be able to handle several overseas vessels at the same time.

The project will involve the construction of two dry docks and a massive slipway that will handle ships of all sizes, and an industrial park with engineering shops, grit blasting and all the facilities needed for modern ship maintenance.

Project spokesman Frank Mills said there is nothing like Motukea in the region. The facility will attract a lot of business, he said, because it is uniquely situated on trade routes between Australia, Japan and Korea, at the crossroads of South East Asia and the South Pacific.

The shipyard will have road connections to the nearby NapaNapa oil refinery area, Port Moresby Harbor and the Poreporena Highway.

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