NEW FERRY SERVICE TO CONNECT PNG’S PORT MORESBY AND LAE

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Sept. 6) – A 2,000-passenger ferry could be sailing between [the cities of] Lae and Port Moresby before Christmas under a Papua New Guinea-Australia joint venture.

The maritime venture is shared between the Mount Hagen-based Wamp Nga group of companies and Peninsula Shipping Lines, which is based in Queensland, Australia.

The companies propose to operate a 28-year-old ferry between PNG’s two major cities. The service could come into operation as early as next month depending on the documents that are ready to be tabled before the Transport and Civil Aviation Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Don Polye later this week.

The Japanese-built ship to serve the Lae–Alotau-Port Moresby route is going through a complete make-over in preparation to arrive in PNG.

Peninsula Shipping chief executive officer Lawrence Baum said from Australia on Monday that in PNG they were a joint venture operation with the Wamp Nga group and credited Minister Polye for his encouragement and support to finally announce the service. Mr Baum said with the 2,000 passengers on board, the vessel can also take on 100 shipping containers and 30 vehicles. It has first class private cabins, business class four-to six-bed cabins for families or groups, 100 beds in air-conditioned cabins with curtains, 100 beds in cabins with curtains but no air conditioning.

September 6, 2006

Papua New Guinea Post-Courier: www.postcourier.com.pg/

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