13 Sep 2012

PNG Maritime Safety Authority promised full funding after Rabaul Queen report

7:20 pm on 13 September 2012

Papua New Guinea's Maritime Safety Authority has until next Friday to detail what resources it needs to make the changes recommended by the Commission of Inquiry into the Rabaul Queen disaster.

The inquiry followed the sinking of the inter island vessel off Morobe on February the 2nd with as many as 161 people losing their lives.

The Commission's report was highly critical of the Authority in its 35 recommendations.

The agency's general manager, Chris Rupen, says they are working on amendments to the outdated Merchant Shipping Act, new rules to regulate passenger shipping, and trying to source more inspectors.

He says the Authority has been assured by the Government it will get the money it needs.

"The Government gave us the report officially on Friday last week, the 7th, with the instruction that we come up with an implementation plan and costings and go back to Government by next week, Friday."