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All eyes on Peter Sharp over Rabaul Queen sinking

February 9, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

By Haiveta Kivia

PETER Sharp, the owner of Rabaul Shipping and Star Ships, is the man everyone desperately wants to talk to since the sinking of his ship the MV Rabaul Queen.

The MV Rabaul Queen sank in strong winds and high seas between Siassi and Finschhafen off the coast of Point Pontification and only 238 passengers survived while hundreds are still missing and unaccounted for.

Only six of the missing, were found dead and driffting in waters along the coast of Morobe Province and one was postively identified by relatives on Monday.

Government officials, survivors and relatives of those that are still missing want Mr Sharp to come out of his hiding and say something but he has kept very silent on the whole issue.

Mrs Mary Vura has being very critical about Mr Sharp because she has travelled on many of his ships as she is a teacher on Bougainville.

Mrs Vura had daughter Nemika Bailey and grand daughter Shekinah on the ship and they are still missing.

She said Peter Sharp should be feeding and clothing the survivors and make available all means to locate the missing passengers together with the government.

She said the government and its agencies are to be blamed for overlooking the operations of Rabaul Shipping which clearly breached many of the National Maritime Safety Authority regulations.

“The Rabaul Queen was up in the dry dock and the work done on it should have been inspected by NMSA before the ship was brought back into the waters to work,” she said.

She said the work done looks like it was sub standard because the end result is the ship sinking after leaving the dry dock.

A shipping manager with one of the shipping companies in Lae said Rabaul Shipping had flondered the NMSA regulations and had never adhered to directions to correct operations in all these years and now they have met their fate.

“Our ships get grounded by NMSA and we must comply because safety is must for all ship and our customers, the same can’t be said of Rabaul Shipping,” he said.

He said an example must be that Peter Sharp and his operations must be grounded on all fronts until and when he has fully complied with all NMSA safety regulations.

And, according to his Lae based lawyer Emmanuel Mambei of Solwai Lawyers, Mr Sharp indicated to him that he would be in Lae to talk to the survivors and relatives of the missing passengers anytime this week.

  1. February 9, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Can somebody drag this PS out of his comfort zone to address this issue? Why after this tragedy and the authority and locals still treats him as the big man in the society? Who cares if he is a millioner business man whatever he is!Who is he that victims have to wait for him to address them? PNG citizens this is a wake up call. We have the brains and are capable of setting up local shipping companies, just like a PNG citizen has a airline company now. Lets stand up and get rid of people like PS who is not black in skin colour and can’t understand or fell the pain we are feeling now.

    Our provincial goverments should start having passengers shipping vessels for convinience sake.

    Belhat PNG citizen!

  2. John
    February 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    While I agree that PS isn’t the right person to operate a company that puts PNGean’s lives at risk. “Black in skin colour” is not a sufficient criteria either. The criteria should be to comply with safety regulations. It is the responsibility of the authorities involved to strictly regulate safety checks. I’m not defending anyone, I just feel this shouldn’t be turned into a race issue…that said, PS should be crucified for blatant ignorance. Overcrowding to the point that passengers are made to stand or take turns sitting down during a long journey is wrong in every regard.

  3. February 9, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    While everyone’s caught up in confusion, worry, pain, loss and disgust over the latest tragic events that happened on the 2nd of Feb 2012, I also share my deepest sorrows to the families and friends of those inocent lives lost on that day. May the good Lord above enlighten us. I wish to add that at this time many would try to put all the blame on PS whom we agree has blatantly ignored most of the shipping regulations on overloading and such. However, may I also remind us that the Holy Book forewarned us about such disasters before the coming of our Saviour. I see this as an event that should not draw us away from God, instead we who are still alive should cling to Him like never before. Our days are numbered my dear friends. Let us not linger on the causes of our sorrows, but long for the sealing of the Holy Spirit to protect us from eternal doom! Better we die in Jesus than outside. God bless.

  4. February 10, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    This is a terrible situation being made worse by unnecessary and vicious comments and opinions expressed mostly by people hiding behind aliases. Lets all think of the poor people that have been lost and those affected by this terrible tragedy.

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