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Sharp fires a salvo over Barter’s bow

January 27, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

P. Sharp, Master mariner

Does Sir Peter Barter hold a commercial master’s certificate of competence to allow him to be the captain of the Kalibobo Spirit as has been mentioned in both newspapers?

If so what grade of master’s certificate of competency does he hold?

How did Sir Peter accumulate the necessary sea time to sit for and pass his certificate of competency?

He started work in PNG as a Talair pilot then went on to be a tour operator. What ship(s) did he serve on to get his sea time?

When did Sir Peter pass his certificates and at what institution and when did he receive a certificate of recognition or was he just “given” a certificate by someone who liked him?

If so, why does everyone else have to do the sea time and what happens if there is an accident?

  1. Ples lidaman
    January 28, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Good point. BUT people like Sir Barter can be trusted. He has been in the business and enough experience can earn him certificate; after all a certificate is a paper that does not show anything more than identifying someone is able to operate barge/boat. Incidents/accidents comes unexpectedly and cause of nature. That any trained person can’t avoid. I am Barter is also prepared to face the liability that comes with risks..Look for something else to write.

  2. SNIPES*
    January 28, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Here are another two suggestions:
    1- the govt. to provide a passenger vessel SoE to service whole coasts of PNG as is the case for Air Niugini servicing air travel; and
    2- join the East to West New Britain Highway to ease the burden of expensive passenger vessel along that rout mostly, if not all, by Rabaul Shipping.

    P. Sharp will jumping up and down on the pretext of safety crap issues, but actually, it’s all for the sake of his monopoly shipping fleet (Rabaul Shipping) interests and he is charging too high!

  3. hosea malana
    February 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    After all these critics from PS towards PB, we see,we hear all all news is about shipping hiccups in the ocean.which shipping lines or company has the highest shipping accidents in the waters of PNG? I guess we all know. Stop critizing and start getting all vessels sea worthy. Safety is Paramount for all travellers. It is not the money. NMSA should be monitoring shipping lines operating in PNG.

  4. Peter Popena
    February 3, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Oh my God, after all this discussion, another tragedy involving Rabaul Shipping (owned by Sharp) involving 300+ passengers on board. It is big news around the world, and it is not the first time this has happened to Sharp’s Ships. Passenger Safety is virtually non-existence and the Martime Safety Authorities are aware of this. This guy Sharp is willing to sacrifice people’s lives to make a profit, c’mon what is wrong with us? Where are the authorities? This has now become too common an occurance involving Sharp’s Ships for the authorities to be again turning a blind eye.

    Anybody who is boarding any of Sharp’s passenger Ships can tell that safety is virtually non-existence, are the repair and maintenance programs up to it and if so are records available, any safety auditing done on these ships and are records available and if so are they credible – I doubt it very much.


    Kuia Kange

  5. Observer
    February 3, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    I would imagine that you would not need a commercial’s master certificate or need to do the required sea time to look at the sky and sea and KNOW from your human instincts that it is too risky to send 300+ passengers on a long voyage out to sea… I mean, seriously!

  6. Plesman
    February 3, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    One of the Sharp Brothers is the Chairman of PNG National Maritiem Safety Authority ( NMSA)

    They have been protecting their run down and un-serviable ship from inspection , yet they get though and criticise others to get their ships up to safety standard.

    Shame on them. The Sharps are pest in PNG, look at what happen to his brothers’ ship ( Sealark) at Lae wharf,

    PNG what are we doing about these bullies in shipping industries. They bully our national sailors when they complain about safety on vessels. We need to lodge blogs after blogs against the Sharps , just like waht we did for PIH hospital , and shame them off to the world of their corruptions that has cost many hundreds of lives

    Shame of you Peter Sharp of boasting about you “pepa nating” certificate, nogat save blong displa certificate, what did you do about the safety; or mabe you were absent from class when the safety lessons were taughts, and yet you boast about your “pepa nating” to be more that Peter Barter who runs is tourist vessel in a honest way in compliance to NMSA rules , as enforeced by SHARPS . SHARPS ARE HIPOCRITES

  7. Las Island
    February 3, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    This is serious! More than 600 people on board than 350 as reported. The Rabaul shipping is too scared shit to release the numbers!

  8. Ian Bull
    February 5, 2012 at 8:48 am

    There can be no doubt whatsoever that Mr. Hamish Sharp, brother of Peter Sharp, has a clear conflict of interest which must preclude him from being associated in any way with any inquiry into the sinking.

  9. wills
    August 7, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    sharp is wholly responsible for dese great loss of lives of dese men n mostly wmen n children

  10. Sir Peter Barter
    February 14, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    I have refrained from making comment as history has overtaken events. My vessel is private boat, any time we operated charter it has been in command of qualified officers and crew. Other times it has been operated purely privately.
    I should also add that kalibobo spirit operated under PNG and Queensland survey without any dispensation.
    My suggestion to Mr sharp is to think before he speaks and mind his own business, god knows he has not in the past resulting in tragic loss of lives.
    Sir Peter Barter

  11. Francis H. Katien
    September 22, 2013 at 9:56 am

    I’ve lived in East New Britain for some time to know that PS is a ‘dirty’ businessman. Attacking a respectable businessmen and business entities like Sir Peter is something he has been doing for quite some time to protect his shipping monopoly. He once tried to offer a ‘one-off’ trip for Manusians in ENB to travel home for Christmas at the end of 2008. The islanders opted for MV Manus. The passengers found out that there was a delay in departure as someone had reported to the Port Authorities that the vessel was not sea worthy. That is the type of business man he is. Wartoto is being investigated for ‘millions’ in dubious business dealings…as for PS, A 100+ lives lost at sea is invaluable…you should be in jail with people condemned for similar offences.

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