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Revamped PNG National Maritime Safety Authority website launched

SHIPOWNERS, seafarers, shipping firms, the Government, coastal communities and other stakeholders in the maritime industry now have access to vital information at their fingertips.

This is thanks to the National Maritime Safety Authority (NMSA) which last Friday re-launched its re-designed website.

The website www.nmsa.gov.pg, was launched in a small yet significant event held at the Stanley Hotel in Port Moresby.

In attendance was Transport Secretary Roy Mumu, who stood in for the Minister Malakai Tabar, NMSA chairman Peter Humpreys, chief executive officer Paul Unas, Korean Ambassador Kwak Boom-soo, and PNG Accident Investigation Commission chief CEO, Captain David Inau.

The new-look website was built by NMSA’s ICT department with the help of Alpha Plus, a local web designing and advertising company based in Port Moresby.

Mr Unas said a lot of thought and effort had gone into revamping the organisation’s old website to bring it to its new look.

Mr Unas said a review had been undertaken on the organisation and a key area that had been identified was ICT and the need for it to be keep abreast of changing times and trends, particularly in the ICT sector.

He said a lot had been invested in this aspect of business and he was proud NMSA had now ticked off on this priority thanking everyone involved in building the system.

The website boasts a modern look and is more user friendly.

Some of the main features highlighted by NMSA ICT manager Lena Korugl include:

 Ship registration and ship safety;
     Information on sea farer qualification;Environment;
Navigation – which covers among others its navigational aids;
Search and rescue- which can be used in situations of distress, includes its radio network;
Legislations – under this NMSA has introduced a blog as well for interaction on legislation thus encouraging networking and collaboration;
 Small craft– have video’s on small craft safety messages;
 Corporate information on NMSA as an organisation; and
 Contact details where if in instances where someone is lost, people can send an emailwhich be received immediately.
Ms Korugl said NMSA realises the role social media plays and has introduced platforms including Twitter, Facebook LinkedIn as well.

YouTube is another platform it will be launching into soon with its safety and environment protection messages. Post Courier
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