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A message to Peter Sharp and Rabaul Shipping

February 3, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

  1. Plesman
    February 3, 2012 at 3:39 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

  2. February 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Vessel’s carrying capacity didn’t matter and surely Peter Sharp did not pay attention to the strong wind warnings.

  3. gordon orim
    February 3, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    peter and hamish sharp will have to be held accountable for this disaster.

  4. rosemary kisakiu
    February 6, 2012 at 7:56 am

    How on earth did the other hundreds of additional passengers get on the boat when load capacity was for 310 and 350 tickets soled a and the rumours of 500 people on board.. We need answers. The boat could have survived the waves without the extras on board… My dear schola tom sorry we have not had anything yet and don’t know whether you are ok or not. You had a paid ticket but if you did not have a life jacket or a raft to get on its because some other people who had no ticket got your share . Our thoughts are with you and I will be in the fight to get to the bottom of this.. .. Peter sharp I blame you for this..

  5. Eremas Wartoto
    February 7, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    I have been busy trying in the last three years to upgrade or contribute to acceptable standard of transportation in PNG. Im 100% percent sure the Rabaul Queen or any queen for that matter is not a sea worthy vessel to travel on at Australian standard let alone our PNG standards. I also give my thumps up for Mr Peter Sharp for his committment in transportation in PNG so far under difficult circumstanstances, but it is also a crime to float a vessel that have not met the basic safety requirement. A while back Mr Sharp ban all expatriate on travelling in his queens (ships) which one would view as an acknowlegement of the poor saftety standard on his vessels which could result in courts outside PNG paying huge amount of compensation unheard of in PNG legal system. Further more overloading the Rabaul Queen with more than 200 passengers without proper sitting is a crime beyond crime. Peter Sharp is also a blood brother of the chairman of National Maritime Safety Authority of PNG. Im also aware that I wrote these comments not because I own a competitive business to Mr Peter Sharp but because Im a relative, a friend and a wantok of those missing love ones.

    I pray we keep looking and find those missing alive in the next one week.

    My name is Eremas Wartoto.

  6. tess
    February 8, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    I do feel for our loved ones who have gone with the ship. It angers me to learn that the ship’s captain and his crews survived…imagine them getting away amidst the cries of people on board the ship. how can they justify their actions….even peter sharp for his poor safety standards? He has made millions of bucks at the expense of ordinary papua new guineans. we are all victims of selfish business tycoons like him…i hope this will be a lesson for them all to learn from. my condolences to families who lost their loved ones..may their souls rest in peace.

  7. Las Island
    February 8, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Get him out of the country, forfeet all assets to the state after all dues in relation to recent tragedy. Ol las bet yah.

  8. Joe Brass
    February 15, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Sea travelers in PNG for too long have been subjected to high passenger fares, over-crowding, and unhygienic living conditions on board ships. Compounded with these problems has been the lack of safety and rescue equipment on board these fleets. Protocols for routine safety and rescue drills for both passengers and crew are not taken seriously nowadays. Testimonies shared by those who have been travelling onboard ferries owned by Rabaul Shipping clearly point to the above appalling conditions. The performance of NMSA, the statutory body responsible for monitoring and ensuring compliance within the local shipping industry with regards to our maritime and safety regulations has now been brought into question in light of the recent MV Rabaul Queen Ferry disaster.

    With a brother who is the Chairman of the NMSA board, Peter Sharp the owner of Rabaul Shipping has had an iron grip on the Momase-New Guinea Islands route for some time now. This raises serious questions on the independence of the NMSA board in performing its mandated duties. One would recall, a few years back when MV Milne Bay, a world class passenger ship brought in by the Western Highlands ILG business arm Wamp Nga Group of Companies to service the domestic shipping route was subjected to much scrutiny and criticism from Peter Sharp, NMSA including some political friends of the Sharp family business which eventually saw MV Milne Bay leaving the shores of PNG. This was not the first time such bullying tactics were employed by people with vested interest to get rid of potential competitors like the MV Milne Bay through cheap political influence, court orders and media outbursts that often lacked credibility.

    In order to prevent such tragedies from recurring in future, the current government must undertake the following:

    • Replace the entire NMSA board due to conflict of interest regarding Rabaul shipping company.

    • Indefinite grounding of the Rabaul Shipping fleet until a thorough investigation is conducted on the ferry disaster.

    • Commissioning of an independent audit team to investigate the management procedures, protocols and equipment relating to safety and emergency standards right across all passenger shipping companies in PNG.

    Like the airline industry, we also need to open up the sea transport industry to competition so that competitive fares with world class service and safety standards are offered to our people. We deserve better services from genuine local or expat business people who have a sense of moral responsibility and respect towards the people of this country.

    Joe Brass

  9. PK
    March 4, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Give honest, hard working png businesspersons that have earned their success by the sweat of their brow a break in the shipping industry. I have never met Wartoto or do not know where allegations against him are at now but at least he is delivering what he says – even if he has used public funds which in another person’s case might have gone straight into his 6poket trausis. He is providing alternative, or additional, air services. His foresight even before the “Rabaul Queen” disaster now has him providing a vessel that we hope will not herd people like cattle being shipped to a slaughter house abroad.

    The Sharp’s have comprised safety and security and have totoally ignored maritime regulatory requirements for far too long.

  10. countrymangi
    September 6, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    such a tragedy, someone has to be held responsible, i hear peter sharp is going to be charged today. justice served!

  11. November 13, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Sharp – Like a knife. Get someone to inspect the wreck off Lae and you will find the vessel was sank on purpose. How do I know?? From the team who positioned the marker buoy. Sharp couldn’t trust anyone from PNG to go to the vessel so he flew a crew in to do the Job. Well known bullies who only do what will be in their favour and beware those who get in their way. Those who follow the law never have protection against those who will break the law to retaliate –

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