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More on the Rabaul Queen ferry disaster and the Sharp family record

February 4, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

By Simon Merton

I have brought this up before this tragedy occurred, but I will bring it up again. Between both Peter and Hamish Sharp we have seen at least 3 sunken passenger ships.

It’s time for these rouge operators to be shutdown charged and convicted, their blatant disregard for safety over profits has gone on for far to long.

Hamish Sharp should never have been appointed chairman of NMSA and he should have been removed when MV Sealark caught fire and sunk in Lae, followed by the San Pedro between Alotau and Moresby.

Star Shipping (Peter Sharp) and Bismark Marine (Hamish Sharp) have shocking safety records and you can hardly say they have been regulated when they themselves oversea the watchdog responsible.

Investigations, followed by charges and convictions should now take place followed by asset forfeiture and prison time.

Further public comments from social media sites:

Now Peter Dick head will ANSWER for this…..serves him right for putting out the appropriate CRUISE LINER in 2008. He was so selfish to insist that only “his” ships operate without competition. PNG ought to know that those ship Queens are actually Ferries custom made to travel only short distances with a limited number of passengers. Em wanla KKK man! tingim money na safety regulations and the lives of people nogat!! F***kng SHIT!!!


People like Peter Sharp see the the difficulties of this country as opportunities to make money of struggling people. He is in the same category as Simon Wild the owner of Airlines PNG.


And just to add salt onto the wound i overheard on the Karai Radio a caller complaining that another ship belonging to Peter Sharp is about to go on a voyage from Madang to East Sepik tomorrow….Can someone pls hold him by the collar and knock some sense into PS…Goodness people lost their lives at sea and are still in shock….I say there needs be an investigation and if need be people like PS who to me seem like more interested in making money than putting the people’s interest first needs to be kicked out of the country…


My brother was one of the survivor however our six year old niece never made it. She died in his arms under the waters. My deep deep condolence to the familes of those that died at sea.


Where is the Freaking Ship Manifest???????


bro I’m into tears seeing your post by imagining your niece die in your brothers arms where he is helpless and can’t do much but just to see her passing under the water in his arms.


just got news that they didn’t make it, both my lovely lil sist and her son didn’t make it.


Shouldn’t our squabbling Governments be rushing to the assistance of those involved in the sunken boat tragedy? Do they even know we have a disaster involving mostly school children?


They should not lie about their so-called manifest. I hear, they are known for overbooking and overloading


I just spoke to the brother of a survivor and his sister told him that the life jackets were never given out. It was still locked away and the life boats, some of them had holes.

  1. Domino
    February 4, 2012 at 7:25 am

    May those “son’s of bitches” pay for their negligence and failure to protect the lives dat use their services and their greed to make profit.

  2. john
    February 4, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Having a small sister die in your arms while you are fighting the huge waves to save your lifes is very sad indeed. I am shedding some tears this morning. But that person tried his best, given the circumstances. He is a hero.

  3. bonny
    February 4, 2012 at 11:50 am

    I have a 6 year old niece and imagining the scene breaks my heart. May her soul and of those others Rest in eternal peace.

  4. Finah
    February 4, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    May those who lost their lives rest in peace. Such a sad day. I hope Peter Sharp and his business operations are investigated and sent to rot in jail. Clearly money is of paramount importance to this egotistical, self serving @ss#ole.

  5. February 6, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    It is so distressing to imagine how the victims fought for their lives out there in the rough seas. Please justice must prevail and PS must pay the price. He has gotten away with so many bad practices but now he has been scaled, measured and found wanted. Let this sad event be the end to his glory days.
    My condolence to the families who lost love ones, you are in our prayers.

  6. Teddy Winn
    February 8, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Peter Sharp and Harmish Sharp, co-owners of Star Shipping and Bismark Marine are now tight-lipped over the fourth and fatal disaster involving one of their ferries, which is not a fully-fledged merchant or passenger ship that is capable of cruising on such treacherous conditions for longer than expected. In particular, Peter Sharp after all, may not be the chief mariner he once claimed to be. The recent tragedy that occurred off the Finschhafen waters in the Morobe Province may be the anticlimax of his shipping business. I offer my deepest sympathies to the survivors and the families of those who lost loved ones to that freakish disaster.

    I suggest that this tragedy must be elevated to the status of crime against humanity based on professional negligence by the Star Shipping management in operating unseaworthy merchant fleet. One man’s greed for money has cost the lives of innocent others, most of whom are women, children and elderly. In view of this, certain facts must be accounted for to support the call for a thorough investigation by the National Maritime Safety Authority.

    First, it was evident that many weeks prior to the disaster, precautionary warning measures have been sounded by the national disaster and weather offices to all, including operators of boats and vessels operating along the PNG coastal waters. It is expected that local merchant shipping owners should take heed and exercise reasonable care, and consistently apply safety measures.

    Second, Star Shipping and Bismark Marine on record has so far been involved in three similar incidents in the recent years, and those grey lessons should be reason enough for them to improve, or completely revamp their ailing merchant fleet. A 1983 ferry intended for short trips should be decommissioned by now.

    Third, because there is lack of competition, owners of these ships were cosier with accumulating profits, thus neglecting their social corporate responsibility to act on good faith and apply reasonable care of duty. Safety records were not fully complied with in almost all routes operated by Star Shipping and Bismark Marine ferries. Against these three lessons, I basically argue that whether this tragedy is natural or merely erroneous judgement by the ship’s crew, Star Shipping must be made accountable for sheer negligence and professional misjudgement.

    Teddy Winn,
    Port Moresby

  7. Mark Tadunaru
    February 12, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I am a frequent traveller in the Vessels own by “DICK” Headed Socal Peter SHARP. to honestly speak, in all my travelling experiences in all those ferries own by Mr KKK Sharp, I saw that the ships are always overloaded. In the peak travelling times, especially during christmas, the ships are always overloaded. if one wants to go the loo for that matter, one has to walk over others on the walkway, down the step, next to the toilet,and you name it….
    Enough disasters have occured that would help the company to improve!!!
    Now, this socal Star Shipping must be tried, face the full cosequents of its actions and the operations TERMINATED for good. Enough is Enough!!! what has gone into Sharps ear that he cannot hear the poor people out in the mist of the waves, or what has gone into his white european eyes that he cannot see that his Fuck’n Vessel was overloaded…..

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