The Company’s logistics is heavily dependent on the Ok Tedi and Fly River system, which means employees are constantly at risk while working on or along the water’s edge.

One area in particular requiring immediate attention was the unavailability of trained and skilled small craft or boat operators to provide round the clock coverage at the Kiunga operations, and be on standby for emergency situations.

Kiunga Operations and the Asset Protection Department (APD) management through the Port Facility and Security Committee (PFSC) identified this need, and a mock oil spill emergency response exercise in Kiunga on July 20, confirmed that more training was required.

As a result 10 personnel received certificates for completing the Small Craft Operators’ Training from August 1-5. The five-day training was conducted in Kiunga by trainer, Jamie Biadum of the PNG Maritime College, Madang.

Focus areas of the training included; Outboard Motor Features, Engine Mounting, Fuel Mixing, Engine Operations, Basic Servicing, Safety Equipment and Safe Handling. The highlight of the training was, practical Safe Handling of the Rescue Boat on the Fly River with the challenges of the flowing river current, floating debris/logs, people on canoes and fishing nets.

Manager Kiunga Operations, Isaac Kwetok thanked Mr Biadum and the PNG Maritime College for facilitating the training, and urged the participants to put in practice what they learnt.

Supervisor Fire and Rescue, Kiunga/Bige Mathew Kopon, thanked the management of Kiunga Operations and APD for co-funding the training and also acknowledged the assistance from Environment and Bige Operations.


TencertifiedassmallcraftoperatorsCourse participants with Isaac Kwetok (Manager Kiunga Operations) and trainer Jamie Biadum (second from right sitting)